New metric

July 10, 2007

Inspired by the work on my report I want to introduce a new metric: “Screenshotness”. This metric applies to dialog panes and is defined as follows:

The screenshotness is the number of screenshots needed to capture the entire dialog.

To give an example: The current KDE print dialog has a screenshotness of one if you don’t include the tabs brought up by the “Properties” button. If you include that button the screenshotness goes up to 6: the original pane and the five tab panes.

The printing dialog of Gnome has a screenshotness of 4 as there are 4 tab panes in the dialog

Now comes the real beauty of this metric: The Mac OS X printing dialog can reach arbitrarily high screenshotness-values. Believe me.