Re: [Evolution-hackers] component information area.

On Wed, 2004-04-07 at 14:35 -0400, Anna M Dirks wrote:

Michael, this looks great! Thank you!

> Took me a while to work out how to do a few things, hence all the tries.
> I gave up on the multiple-alternate smaller-text idea for now.  The last
> one (-5) is probably the closest to what we want (although some others
> are exactly the same height as the search bar).

I don't think that making this be the same size as the searchbar is much
of a win -- I'd rather go for the slightly larger, more readable design.

> Tweaks to layout (i.e. borders etc)?  Any hig insights on this?

What is the border set to now? Can we see it with a border of 12 pixels?

Well the outer border (light grey) is 3 pix, then the inner border (dark grey) is 6 pix, with 6 pix between labels/icons.  With 12 pix between the labels it looks "bad".  With a border with "shadow in" it looks "really bad" (and it looks like it should be a button):

With an outer border of 6 pix it sort of looks ok, with no shadow, but the space looks redundant (i.e. the total border is 12 pix):

And finally with a 12 pix border, 6 between the icon, 12 between everything else (i think, actually making things layout like that is a total pita in the widgets, surprise).  Looks like an football field sized stone 'HELP' in the simpson desert - lots of wasted space:

The HIG is unfortunately free of much data about application window
layout. In theory, the border of the vbox is supposed to be 12 pixels,
and the spacing within it should be the same...except that the spacing
between the icon and folder name should be 6. My two cents are these:
the important thing that the CIA accomplishes is that it tells you the
name of the folder you are accessing, and it tells you about the status
of that folder. The more spacing and padding that are added to it, the
less information it will be able to display in the same amount of space.
Yeah.  Toshok also suggested having a two-line approach.

Also note the info text is <size=smaller>, but thats easy to play with.

Michael Zucchi <notzed ximian com>

Ximian Evolution Software Developer

Novell, Inc.

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