Why does so much contemporary software think it's OK to lock the user out? InstallShield, the horrible Windows installer, puts a fullscreen window on top of everything while it's installing and disables the minimize button so I can't hide it. My DVD player refuses to let me skip over certain tracks (such as the inane Interpol warning) and forces me to watch dumb transitions from screen to screen while I navigate menus.

Why do user interface designers think it is ever appropriate to prevent a user from taking an action?

  2003-09-19 00:50 Z