Re: [Epiphany] Re: [Usability] User defined metadata (was: epiphany toolbar/bookmarks)
- From: "Bruce Alderson" <mx warpedvisions org>
- To: <adam cec wustl edu>
- Cc: <epiphany mozdev org>
- Subject: Re: [Epiphany] Re: [Usability] User defined metadata (was: epiphany toolbar/bookmarks)
- Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2003 12:59:13 -0700 (PDT)
>> Doesn't this require a good deal of discovery on the user's part?
>> While a cool approach (quite usable once discovered), how would
>> someone figure it out? Some sort of strong visual hint or clue would
>> really be needed, imo.
> I don't know. I do know that it "feels right", and that as soon as you
> start typing a url, you'll notice it as it autocompletes to your
> bookmarks. Whether there's a large class of users who would never find
> it is another question, but I don't think that means it should continue
> to be broken.
Don't get me wrong, I think you're onto something innovative here. It's
the right way to solve the problem -- to unify several interfaces
(bookmarks, url entry, autocompletion) with a single, better one.
I just wonder how long it will take people to figure it out (I've been
reading Alan Cooper lately). The concept modifies the existing mental
model, though I suspect it is consistent with what people may expect as an
extension. At least I can see myself discovering it and saying: "Aha,
that is so cool!"
What would be useful is some way to migrate mental models to that *aha!*
state more quickly. Something like an icon, label, tooltip, suggestion in
the urlbar, or machine-telepathy that could suggest to the user that they
can access bookmark/categories in that widget.
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