Bones, it is totally and utterly ILLOGICAL! I shall now allow Mr. Spock to set your logic straight…
If I tell an app to Quit by choosing File > Quit, and if the app doesn’t quit, should I then go about my business as if nothing is wrong?
If I try to flush my toilet and nothing flushes, should I simply leave and go on my merry way?
If attempt to light a match, and if it won’t light, should I just throw it away and forget I need to light a match?
The answer to all those questions is a resounding, “NO!”
Logic dictates that when you attempt to perform and action that does not yield the logical result, something is wrong and an investigation is required.
In like manner…
When I type something into a field in Blocs, I expect the UI to be intuitive in that what I type will be used somehow. But in the case of the Home Page, what you type in the Page Name field IS TOTALLY IGNORED! It’s utterly useless. It makes no sense at all. This isn’t just one man’s opinion. It’s the opinion of reason itself.
I am not saying that when I type a name in the Page Name field for the Home Page that I no longer want Blocs to generate index.html. (Although SoftPress Freeway allows you to do just that, but that’s an aside.) I like the fact I get index.html for the Home Page. What I and Spock have been saying though is that logic and reason are tied to UI consistency. Imagine if an app somehow made the Mac menubar to drop down to the bottom of your display like Windows. That wouldn’t be very consistent now would it? No! Neither is ignoring text in a field. So I propose that Page Name field be automatically grayed out and locked when working on the Home Page, for the sake of logic, reason, UI consistency, and my own sanity.
And as I just said, the “Save” menu command is similar. Look at any other Mac app. They all gray-out Save once you have saved and keep it gray UNTIL you make a change. That tiny little think speaks VOLUMES to users.
Some of you will disagree. That’s fine. But I am in many ways like Steve Jobs. Nobody will see the color of a motherboard on the inside of a Mac, perhaps, but if he wanted it black, it was built black. Some things just stick in us like thorns. UI consistency is that way for me.
Thanks for listening. Spock out.