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RE: [Bug-gnubg] Good beta release! (Suggestions)

From: Richard Anderson
Subject: RE: [Bug-gnubg] Good beta release! (Suggestions)
Date: Mon, 17 May 2004 09:41:49 -0700

One way to look at UI issues like this one is from the point of user
discovery: how can the UI make it likely that the user will discover how to
use this function.  Here's one solution: since the Rollout button opens a
new window dedicated to performing rollouts, the Settings function button
could be put on this window and fully labeled.  Instead of the rollouts
automatically starting when the window opens, there could be a "Start
Rollout" button on the new window.

I think Options is a better label than Settings, since this conforms to
Windows UI standards.  I notice that there has been a commendable effort in
gbg to conform to some Windows UI standards; I'd like to see this taken
further.  I realize that some of the Windows UI standards may not be ideal,
but when third party apps follow the existing standard it flattens the
user's learning curve enormously.

Richard Anderson

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Albert Silver [mailto:address@hidden 
> Sent: Monday, May 17, 2004 7:53 AM
> To: 'Øystein Johansen'
> Cc: 'Ian Shaw'; 'Richard Anderson'; address@hidden
> Subject: RE: [Bug-gnubg] Good beta release! (Suggestions)
> Answering both to Ian's reply and yours here. It goes without 
> saying that either idea works, but the issue is more along 
> the lines of what users are most likely to do upon seeing any 
> of the proposed solutions. I have seen more than one program 
> with a small "..." button to be clicked on, but have yet to 
> see a single user know what it was for. They usually never 
> clicked on it period. As to double-clicking on a button as 
> opposed to single-clicking, I don't like it. The reason is 
> simply that it isn't a standard anywhere I know of, and I 
> know I never double-click on buttons, just icons. I also 
> agree that adding a "set" button or whatever is onerous. 
> Frankly, it ends up very much with the functionality of a 
> local menu so I'd propose either a right-click solution 
> and/or a small arrow button pointing down (thinner than the 
> usual drop-down menus) next to the key button. 
> Although I'm fully aware of the many limitations of GTK, and 
> am not going to complain about them, I'll tell you my 
> personal ideal, whether it can be implemented or not:
> There would indeed be an extra mini-button next to the key 
> button for settings, either with the mini arrow or the "...", 
> but when the mouse rolled over the key button, they would 
> both highlight (probably via a small change in color or 
> tone), with the settings button being slightly different from 
> the key button as well. This way it would stand out a as 
> being linked (they both highlight with the mouse-over), but 
> possibly different as they aren't exactly the same color/tone.
> BTW, I'm still having trouble sending to the mailing list, so 
> although you'll get this, the list won't.
>                                               Albert
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Øystein Johansen [mailto:address@hidden
> > Sent: Monday, May 17, 2004 10:28 AM
> > To: Albert Silver
> > Cc: 'Ian Shaw'; 'Richard Anderson'; address@hidden
> > Subject: Re: [Bug-gnubg] Good beta release! (Suggestions)
> > 
> > Hash: SHA1
> > 
> > Albert Silver wrote:
> > ~ > I agree that I know what it means, but disagree that even 20% of
> users
> > | will know this. I doubt to the extreme that most users 
> have any idea 
> > | what the "..." stand for.
> > 
> > Just as a side note:
> > I remember back in the days when I tried to learn the GIMP. 
> (Check out 
> > www.gimp.org, anyone who doesn't know what is is.)
> > 
> > In The GIMP the there is a tool button for each tool to use in the
> image
> > you're working with. The settings of each tool can be set by 
> > double-clicking on the same tool button. How intuitive is that?
> > 
> > - -Øystein
> > 
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