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How to get the miniature player window in iTunes 9
Authored by: gjw on Sep 16, '09 03:00:07PM

The function of that button is probably one of the more commonly misunderstood elements of the Mac UI. A lot of people think of it, or even call it, the "maximize" button but what it really is, is the "zoom" button. The official behavior of the control is to toggle the window between two positions/sizes. The first is "whatever the user has established by dragging." The second is "whatever the application designer decided was the 'natural' size for the window given the nature of the window and its content." That "natural" size needn't be full-screen, and often that's not appropriate.

iTunes, of course, deviated from that until version 9. Apple's UI guidelines have explicitly acknowledged that deviations are not inherently wrong. They are guidelines, not mandates to be slavishly followed at all turns. What's inherently wrong is gratuitous deviation. I don't believe the prior behavior of iTunes was gratuitous. I think it was a useful behavior and the "correction" is a net loss for the majority of users.

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