[Usability] Re: Suggestion for the actual UI of GTK+'s New FileSelector

Hi Eugenia!

> Please read the article for full explanation as to why things are the way
> they are in the mockup.

I've made a "fake usability test" (because of no real implementation)
with ten mates, (two of them have no or little computer experience), of
your initial mock-up, (http://www.osnews.com/img/5582/filesel-wide.png)
versus http://www.gnomepro.com/gtk-file-sel2.png

* Two of them liked yours and would use it without hassle. They are
WinXp users.

* Eight of them prefers Erik's one. Three are Linux users (1 Debian/KDE,
2 Debian/Gnome), two are users with little computer experience (mainly
in WinXP) and one is a WinXP user.

   As previously stated the main reason they didn't like yours it the
position of the favorite locations. Two of them said human vision
prefers to see things horizontally disposed, (like cinema).
   Another request was for a folder tree, and two said they'd like the
current path buttons to be combo-boxes with all the folders in the path.
ie: When you push the Photographs button in you mock-up, a list of all
the folders in /tigert/My Documents/ is shown.

Don't know if this is of any utility, but hope it helps.

Regards, Emilio

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