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Microsoft Ignores Usability and Keeps ALL-CAP

mikejuk (1801200) writes | more than 2 years ago

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mikejuk (1801200) writes "The recent release of Visual Studio 2012 contained a UI element that few believed could make it into the final version — ALL-CAPS menus. After lots of user criticism and disbelief, Microsoft has moved swiftly to do something about it — by tweaking the typography.
"... we explored designs with and without uppercase styling. In the end we determined it to be a very effective way of providing structure and emphasis to the top menu area in Visual Studio 2012."
This must be a new meaning of the word "structure", because putting the menu items into all-caps means that they are all the same height. When each menu items starts with a cap then there is structure because you can see the change in height, marking the start of the next menu item. The idea that putting a menu into all caps adds structure is something that is very difficult to see.
If you wanted to put structure into a menu, well how about color?
Oh wait I forgot the design department dumped color in favour of the "everything-is-grey UI".
Developers are the people who invented CamelCase to make sure that the structure of run together words would stand out better — and now we are asked to believe that making a menu all-caps adds structure.
I don't think so."

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