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RE: [Bug-gnubg] Some suggestions

From: Albert Silver
Subject: RE: [Bug-gnubg] Some suggestions
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2003 15:12:24 -0300

> > I had a few suggestions regarding the toolbar buttons:
> >
> > - I'd like a different icon for the New Game button. The one used is
> > classic one for new documents, etc, but seems less than ideal for
> > New Game.
> >
> > - Here's a button that I'd use ALL the time: Analyse match/session.
> > There isn't s single match where I don't run this function, as do
> > people, which would justify a toolbar button IMO.
> I just set up shortcuts to ALT M for analyse match, CTL M for match
> statistics. Pick a similar pair for Games (G is not a good choice)

I understand, but should point out that normal users know barely any
shortcuts if any at all. It is the essence of GUI design: users are
dumb/ignorant, so the ideal interface must be designed along that line
of thinking.

> > - Match statistics - One might think this is less important than the
> > above, but the fact is that anyone who runs Analyse Match will look
> > the statistics, so it is no less used. An icon suggesting numbers or
> > graphs would be logical here.
> I'd prefer to keep the number of toolbar icons down.

As do I, believe me. Essentially, I tend to approach this in a rather
straight-forward manner (following basic GUI design guidelines): the
more popular the functions, the easier it should be to access them.
'Ease' is simply measured in mouse clicks. Thus the least popular
(meaning the least used) functions such as appearance settings, display
options, etc, will be justifiably placed in remote menus or dialogues
(at least 3 clicks away), whereas functions that are used in every
session, or almost every session, will be placed within one click away
(keyboard shortcuts are for power-users as crazy as that may seem): in
other words, a toolbar button. The above suggestions qualify IMHO.

BTW, forgive me if you are already well-versed in GUI design theory, and
I am pointing out the obvious to you.


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