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A new UX subsystem of the OS will allow not only
programmers to program their UX, but also optionally to
allow the users to easily change those settings, with no
effort from the programmer (if the programmer allows it).
Of course the software can opt to disable this feature on
part or all
of their UX.
So, when your sick and tired of some UX feature that
always gets in your way, just click on the youUX definitions
and change them.
You want more undo's? - Why not? We let you do that.
Pressing the Ctrl+Backspace to delete because you have a
defective keyboard? - No problem.
The Exit button asks you too many questions? Not anymore.
Right mouse button brings up too many options? You decide
what comes up.
Like skinning and theme setting in web apps, and like the
keyboard shortcut definitions in many applications, but
still different from both of these: The new OS comes with a
comprehensive control panel used by the users to change
the app's behavior, and as a last resort, to change the look
and feel of the app.
||I rarely dabble in GUI related programming, preferring the
command line for the one-off solutions I'm usually involved in,
but I imagine Qt/KDE, and/or Apple/Cocoa have already
baked most of this in some disused XML-based abomination
that uses 330 dynamically linked libraries. Actually now that I
think about it, that pretty much describes what web browsers
||Well, at least it's not in...oh, wait a minute, it is.
||And then there's youUK, the new and improved United Kingdom government app designed to give all users a better experience and prevent further breakaway movements towards independence. Don't like the way the House of Lords retains old blokes forever? Change that control setting...
||I can't think of how this could possibly be implemented in a
reasonable way. Either the users have to be able to modify
the software the same way the developers do, or the
developers have to include a way for the users to change
*every single thing* about the program, which would
probably be almost as technical. For that reason, kinda
||Also, it would be a nightmare to provide support for such
software, because you have no idea how the user who needs
help has their software configured to work.
||Also, most users would still be illiterate and have no idea
that these options you're suggesting even exist, so they'd go
mostly unused, so they're not likely worth the investment.
The closest thing that exists currently (AFAIK) is the
customizability of office apps (Microsoft Office in
particular). You can set up custom toolbars that contain
just the buttons you need to use, you can record or write
macros to do tasks for you, etc. How many people use those
||Id like this, but not affixed to any particular
machine or equipment but wherever I go and on
whatever Im faced with. In fact, if it were also
extended beyond the computer and technical realm,
to people, situations, events and actions, then life
would be exactly as I intend it. Make it occur!