Re: Dia's user interface

On Sun, 21 Apr 2002, Adrien Beau wrote:
On Sunday 21 April 2002 14:43, Lars Clausen wrote:

<URL:> about
user interfaces in open-source software, I would like to hear
if anybody on the list knows something about user interfaces
(more than just from having used a bunch).  If there are any,
could you point out the worst problems that Dia has in its
interface?  I'd like to turn some attention to that as we
work towards a 1.0 release.

Regarding user-friendlyness, there are two other major
issues. First, the website badly needs to be updated more
often. Second, Dia needs more shapes.

As for the website, it is still a mystery to me that none
of the developers have the time to update the news section.
Pointing to the page that contains the CVS snapshots is
important, too.

News section.  I don't actually think much about that.  Yeah, it's pretty
thin, isn't it?  Looks like nothing's going on.  Of course, there hasn't
been a new official release since 0.88.1, but there's been other stuff.
Those who announce 'official' stuff to the list (Windows port updates, Dia
in the press, shape collections available etc) should make sure to get the
news updated (either themselves or by reminding the maintainers).

As for the shapes, I'm not sure the users of this list can
do much - if they can, I guess they've already done it. I
think Dia needs more publicity, and it must be made clear
that if someone finds a shape is missing in Dia, he should
at best provide it, at worst, describe what is missing.

What do you think of having a "shape missing" report page
on the site, not unlike a bug report page?

A good idea.  If it contains pointers to the definitions, anyone who wants
to experiment with shapes could go at it.

This would go well with a shape repository.  Michael, would it be difficult
to have the Shape editor being able to download stuff from the net?  Maybe
with a default address of the 'official' repository?


Lars Clausen (| Hårdgrim of Numenor
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