Continuing the discussion from The glorious inelegance of the 1990s family computer:
My dear Gadgetgirl, what you say is factually correct, but it doesn’t contradict what I wrote. Douglas Engelbrecht’s work was mostly theory, and was the basis of the first edition of the HIG. The HIG was the first time a computer manufacturer told its third party developers just how their apps should behave.
This does not change my rebuttal of the accusation that Apple only is interested in aesthetics and not usability. That is a common misconception. another case of misplaced snark becoming conventional wisdom. Much like Kirk the womaniser is a cliche that is based upon snark and not the real episodes.