24 May 2008

7 years old bug nimbly squashed?

When I've read that 24th build of Java 6 update 10 (aka Consumer JRE) is out I decided to see how will Tonic look in Nimbus Look and Feel. I checked it few time earlier and it didn't look good - at first try I couldn't even run Tonic under Nimbus, second time it was better, but not good enough - internal frames' icons were to big and combo boxes were to small. But one thing remained the same.

Could anyone tell me if this Nimbus' look of text pane (it is all black in other lafs) is a solution to Background attribute in JTextPane is not resolved to the parent style bug?

Anyway, Nimbus looks good and is shaping nicely although I've noticed there is a 1 pixel shift between button and combo box in the UI on the screenshot (if you think I am silly to mention 1 pixel shift, you should read from someone more respected - JGoodies creator's presentation (slides 46-53)). Surely there will be a lot of work done by Java 6 update 10 final release.

15 May 2008

Not a BigMistake

I am not a native English speaker so I for sure make a lot of and a little more mistakes. I just wanted to say that spelling errors can happen to everyone. Even if he is really paying attention. I think that spotting this kind of bugs is hard because our brain is compensating a lot of things. For example there is hypothesis it is smart enough to get the meaning of the word even if letters aren't exactly on theirs places. And you can test it yourself - Raeidng scarblmed wodrs.

While looking for a that link I've found something more scientific - article about conditions influencing reading rates. Long overall, but there is "Conclusion" paragraph.

So there it is directly from developers.sun.com

9 May 2008

Harsh truth?

This a cite from a /.

"The fact that its a crappy feature makes me think it must have originated with a developer.

Developers and User Interfaces don't tend to get along well; you need to go out on the street and grab a couple of people wearing matching outfits and get them to draw your UI on a napkin or something."

Of course it is more funny then true, isn't it?

This was comment to story about Pidgin being forked because of developers didn't wanted to bend to user needs. It was all about flexibility of the Pidgin. The controversial feature wasn't allowed to be turned off.

By the way, do you imagine Apple's designers bending to users' needs?