Re: [Usability] Theme Instant Apply

On Sun, 2006-04-30 at 15:42 +0100, Thomas Wood wrote:
> Could anyone give me some advice on bug 149323 (HIG issues with Theme 
> Preferences). The issue is that the theme manager often takes longer 
> than one second to apply a theme, so therefore it should not be instant 
> apply.

Well, the theme /begins/ to change within a second, and all controls are
still available throughout the change, so instant apply is still

My interpretation of the guideline[1] is "don't use instant apply if the
action is going to block input to one or more applications for more than
a second, because you'd normally show an explicit progress indicator for
actions that do that, and progress indicators in an instant apply dialog
would suck" :)


[1] And I wrote it :)

CALUM BENSON, Usability Engineer       Sun Microsystems Ireland
mailto:calum benson sun com            Java Desktop System Group                      +353 1 819 9771

Any opinions are personal and not necessarily those of Sun Microsystems

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