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Top message:  Verizon eff's it up again... by t0mmyblueyz   Oct 21, 2006, 6:51 PM

Replying to:  Re: Verizon eff's it up again...NOT by trevor83   Oct 30, 2006, 12:02 PM

Re: Verizon eff's it up again...YES (of course, but that's not news)

by n4aof    Mar 23, 2007, 8:32 AM

UI is User Interface, its just a menu, it nothing to do with which features work or don't, its just how you access said features.


I am constantly amazed at the ridiculous level of nastiness involved in the battle over whether or not features can be considered part of the User Interface.

We have the camp of the self-styled purists who insist that the UI is only the menu structure itself but not the menu content.

We also have the camp of pragmatists who hold that the Verizon User Interface encompasses the entire mandate VZW places upon its OEM's concerning how the user interacts with the phone. From the pragmatic point of view, the Verizon User Interface includes the menus AND all those elements which VZW either requires or prohibits. In most cases they are talking about functionality which is supported by the hardware but not available on the Verizon version of the phone because VZW requires manufacturers to disable certain functionality.

This would be like battling over whether the Windoze operating systen consists only of the point and click interface or if it includes functions like the brain-dead version of Disk Defragmenter that MS bullied the original developer into signing over to them. The bottom line is that you get both as one package - even if there may be a way to hack one or the other, it is the complete package that the user has to deal with.

The position that "a menu [has] nothing to do with which features work or don't" falls apart when you realize that in many cases the only reason a feature does not work is because there is no menu item to access it.

The idiocy of this trivial debate is exceeded only by the virulent way that the self-styled purists feel an overwhelming need to beat everyone into submission about their view.

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