Re: [Usability] Chabada's Suggestions
- From: Liam R E Quin <liam holoweb net>
- To: Matthew Paul Thomas <mpt myrealbox com>
- Cc: Gnome usability <usability gnome org>
- Subject: Re: [Usability] Chabada's Suggestions
- Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2006 17:56:21 -0400
On Tue, 2006-06-27 at 15:42 +1200, Matthew Paul Thomas wrote:
But that's not the issue here. The issue is, given that there is an
error alert, which alert text is better: "Nautilus could not open the
file because the filetype is unknown", or "&operatingsystem; cannot
play MP3 files, because some countries allow software patents and Free
Software cannot pay patent licenses".
The latter isn't true. That is,
(1) the operating system is actually likely to be technically capable
of supporting MP3 players, and
(2) it's trying to play a piece of music (one imagines) and not in
fact trying to play a patent :-)
More importantly, the right message in practice might be
The distributor of this operating environment did not obtain
permission to ship support for MPEG sound decoding (e.g. mp3)
from the holder(s) of patents on the required techniques.
If you know that the legal issues do not affect you, you can
install support for MP3 files [here].
Contact your local politician to register a protest against
the way that ideas can belong to corporations [here].
People are more likely to read messages if, from time to time,
they contain useful information. Explain the problem, and
help people to understand the issues, and then help them to
do something about it.
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