Re: [Usability] Three dialog problems

On Tue, 2007-02-20 at 21:01 +0100, Thorsten Wilms wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 20, 2007 at 04:12:09PM -0300, Mariano Su�z-Alvarez wrote:
> > >
> > > The Add/Remove buttons are for Bookmarks (Places). Select a folder 
> > > in the file list, hit Add and you have a new entry. I added all 
> > > my bookmarks through file dialogs, as it is when using them, I 
> > > noticed the palces I need frequently. One could argue adding/removing 
> > > could be done with drag and drop and/or context menus. There's a 
> > > discoverability problem, but it looks like that's the case with the  
> > > buttons, too, strange as it might seem.
> > 
> > You -can- drag and drop folders from the list to the bookmarks list.
> I know. Didn't express myself well here. What I mean:
> One could argue that there shouldn't be buttons, leaving only 
> drag and drop (perhaps optionally also context menus for adding and 
> removing).

There are context menu items for adding and removing bookmarks.

Context menus are an advanced-user thing, and the UI should be usable
without recourse to them; the HIG is explicit about this, iirc.

> > The good thing about the buttons is that the user can hover the pointer
> > on them and get tooltips.
> It doesn't exactly speak for the buttons if a user feels compelled 
> to read the tooltips. But yeah, they are very visible and obviously 
> have to be good for something ;)

I cannot come up with any alternatives (that do not include having users
read user docs...) Maybe you can?

One thing that I do find very awkward is having the Add button under the
bookmarks list, while it'd be more naturally named 'Add Bookmark' and be
placed under the folder list.

-- m

Mariano Su�z-Alvarez

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