On Wed, 2002-07-24 at 21:07, Albert Wagner wrote:
 
> No, the metaphor of a manual spreadsheet drove the design of both the UI and 
> the functionality.  Each is useless without the other, so the design of the 
> two must proceed in parallel.

not really. i mean it depends on the application. certainly there are
some applications that hinge on thier very visualization. but even so
the conceptual model will stand on its own. for instance i could design
a spreadsheet like engine without being certain how it will be
visualized. i may have the notion that it will lay out like a grid, but
it's possible that i may, after already completing the backend, decide
that the 'cells' need not be in a grid after all, and rather can be
freely placed anywhere on a page. (in fact i've been waiting for this
--the eventual merging of spreadsheet and word proccessor. ;-) 

if you develop your application too closly in relation to its interface,
you will find yourself back-peddling should you later realize the
interface should work another way.

~transami

~transami