[Usability] Re: Standardizing Find and Replace - 2nd pass
- From: Michael Toomim <toomim ocf berkeley edu>
- To: Usability gnome org
- Subject: [Usability] Re: Standardizing Find and Replace - 2nd pass
- Date: Tue, 01 Jul 2003 23:21:04 -0700
Gregory Merchan wrote:
I have a solution I like much more than my last one.
One of the complaints about Find and Replace has been that getting rid
of the window is harder than it could be. The Escape key is only supposed
to get you out of a mode, it's not an all-purpose window closer.
Yet Cancel isn't really appropriate. Once something is found, how could
you possible cancel finding it?
Well, you could stop looking. And that's the solution I have.
Stop doesn't feel right to me. "Stop" feels like "computer, stop all
that processing you're doing", not "I'm going to stop finding things
now, please go away". My first reaction when I see that stop button is
that it's something the user should be pressing when the computer is
taking too long to find the next match, and he/she doesn't want to wait
for it any longer.
If there absolutely must be some sort of button to close the window,
what was wrong with naming it close?
I'd vote for removing the "close window" button altogether.
The options are not present for just "Find". It should proceed quickly
enough as a wrapping, partial-word, case-insensitive match, that fiddling
with the options would only slow down the user.
Just curious -- did you consider including a "previous" button? It's
useful for the instances where you pressed "find next" one too many
times, and need to go back by a match.
"Find and Replace" is more delicate because it changes the document,
so options are allowed to fine-tune the operation. If there were no options
here, then the user would have to frequently "Find Next" and carefully
"Replace". Here, the options can make the operation faster.
*Applause* Keeping the options in the find-and-replace dialog and
removing them in the find dialog strikes me as like a great idea, for
the reasons you listed.
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