Remember the briefcase from Windows 95? (See Figure 5-1.) That cute little icon that occupied a square inch or so on everybody's desktop for a few years until Microsoft realized that nobody wanted one? Nobody wanted one because it was a broken metaphor. It was supposed to be a "briefcase" where you put files to take home. But when you took the files home, you still had to put them on a floppy disk. So, do you put them in the briefcase or on a floppy disk? I'm not sure. I never could get it to work.
|Windows' unloved briefcase|
A metaphor badly chosen is worse than no metaphor at all. Unfortunately, ...