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Writing desktop apps: use native tools, not web-tools

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/11/24

Despite the Electron framework, you might really want to consider writing desktop applications using native tools as it is extremely hard to write performant desktop applications otherwise.

It isn’t by coincidence that last year, Firefox by default makes the backspace key not go back to the previous web-page: it is still a problem in a truckload of interactive web applications, often even in web-based desktop applications:

I am not alone on this opinion:

In practice, “native” applications based on web-tools are notoriously hard to navigate by keyboard, which essential for swift operation.

I have filed a few bugs, and others many more on this, for example:

Also web-developers tend to love to introduce their own custom UX, like for a 6-digit numeric field, use 6 separate digit fields making it extremely hard to copy/paste numbers.


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