|> Personally, I find the Mac model where applications have this strange undead
|> life after you've quit working on the file associated with them quite
|> disturbing. I feel it VERY strongly violates the desktop metaphor, and
|> I'm frequently caught out when there's some application lying around in
|> the background eating up memory with no visual indication that it exists.
I agree. It should be part of the Human Interface Guidelines that
every open application has at least one open window. Many applications
do this, though usually it's with an annoying Standard File Open dialog
box. A simple little logo, or a fairly nonobtrusive About box, would
be fine, if there isn't something more appropriate.
Of course, if the user hides all the application's windows, then you
should let it be hidden.
IMHO, of course. I'm quite used to quitting everybody else's
applications when I sit down to our public Mac, so it doesn't bother me.
My mailer is unlikely to get either of them right :-(