With the news that the controversial change to Menu management in WordPress has been tentatively approved for merger into core, WordPress is following Microsoft’s footsteps in making a major mistake when it comes to user interface: fragmentation. Despite overwhelming negative feedback from the WordPress development community on merging the Menu management into what is currently the theme Customizer UI, the change was still tentatively approved. I get the impression that the core team members pushing for this change feel that the negative feedback is due to people simply disliking change. Wrong. “For Menu Customizer, this idea has been part of the project from the very beginning. My GSoC proposal (3/20/14) states ‘If the Menu Customizer provides all of the features of the existing menu management screen, while clearly demonstrating that it is a better solution than the existing screen in user tests, it could potentially replace the existing screen entirely for users that can access the Customizer,’ and there has never been indication that this isn’t the direction we should move in, other than the general and ongoing resistance to the Customizer as a whole that we’ve seen from many community
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