Re: [Usability] Media Controls

2005/10/30, Alan Horkan <horkana maths tcd ie>:
> On Sat, 29 Oct 2005, Bastien Nocera wrote:
> > > > * Totem uses a firs menu called "Movie" (which is bad, you can also play
> >
> > Why is it bad exactly? Totem is a movie player, and can also play audio
> > files. But it's mainly a movie player.
> Why is it good?  Surely you had some strong idea to justify not using a
> File menu like most applications?

People watching movies might not know what exactly a 'file' is, it's
not 1990 anymore, people might use a computer without using file as
terminology. Instead they might refer to their file that contains a
movie "a movie" since it is represented to them as such (an icon that
has a preview of the content and clicking on it starts playing it).

Using "File" as the menu name for historical reasons is just silly.
Like, how clever is it to have "File" menu with just quit item in
Devhelp? Which file do I quit there? The one I never opened?

One shouldn't be fixed on how things have been arranged in the past if
there's no logical reason for it.

If you are worried about users getting confused, how many do you think
look at the nae "File" instead of just opening the first menu? I think
the placement is more important factor here than the name.

Kalle Vahlman, zuh iki fi
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