Tuesday, October 11, 2005

The end of WYSIWYG

Fascinating article by the great Jakob Nielsen on the 'death of WYSIWYG'. Although in truth it may be decades before we truly see that happening, it's a real paradigm shift to see Microsoft designing in this way. Here's a quote...

"The next version of Microsoft Office (code-named "Office 12") will be based on a new interaction paradigm called the results-oriented user interface. As the demos show, the most obvious departure from the past is that menus and toolbars are all but wiped out. The focus is now on letting users specify the results they want, rather than focusing on the primitive operations required to reach their goals.

"The new interface displays galleries of possible end-states, each of which combine many formatting operations. From this gallery, you select the complete look of your target -- say an org chart or an entire document -- and watch it change shape as you mouse over the alternatives in the gallery. The interaction paradigm has been reversed; it's now What You Get Is What You See, or WYGIWYS."


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