Re: Volume handling proposal

On Wed, 2003-09-17 at 17:31, Calum Benson wrote:
> On Wed, 2003-09-17 at 16:49, Alexander Larsson wrote:
> > > what about using 2 icons for each drive? One that shows an open drive,
> > > and another one actually showing the media (a CD, floppy, ...). I
> > > suppose that could make clear to users what the status of the drive is.
> > 
> > Yeah. That sounds like a good idea. Actually i think windows does this.
> Hmm, personally I find the Windows model somewhat inconsistent (and I
> don't think it does show 2 icons for removable media, btw, although I
> don't have it in front of me to check)... to me, the My Computer view
> kind of mixes "an incomplete list of things that are attached to your
> computer" and "some of the places that are currently available to store
> stuff". 
> I don't think I've ever found the ability to click on the icon for an
> empty drive to be useful, and if I want to know what drives are
> connected to my computer (with or without disks in them), there's a
> separate hardware view which gives me more complete information than the
> My Computer view ever will :)  
> The "attached but empty" icons admittedly used to be handy to check if
> the plug'n'play device you just plugged in had been recognised, but
> nowadays in XP you get notification in the status area for that kind of
> thing anyway.

The problem is that, as you can't automatically newly inserted floppies,
you have to display un-mounted floppies. Consequently, for consistency
reasons, you should also display unmounted CD/DVD drives. Or find a way
to auto-detect floppies...

> Cheeri,
> Calum.
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> CALUM BENSON, Usability Engineer       Sun Microsystems Ireland
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