Re: [Usability] [jokosher-devel] Play/Pause or Play and Pause buttons in Jokosher (fwd)

forwarding to the list since message didn't appear in the moderation queue
for me to allow it through in the normal way


---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Tue, 09 Jan 2007 12:16:32 -0500
From: Laszlo Pandy <laszlok2 gmail com>
To: Calum Benson <Calum Benson Sun COM>
Cc: Stuart Langridge <sil kryogenix org>,
     Jean-Francois Arseneau <jf arseneau gmail com>, usability gnome org,
     jokosher-devel-list gnome org
Subject: Re: [jokosher-devel] [Usability] Play/Pause or Play and Pause
    buttons in Jokosher

Calum Benson wrote:
> The arguments against:
> - "Stop" has no real meaning in digital media, "Pause" is sufficient, so
> you're only ever going to need Play and Pause functions, which are
> effectively opposite states.  And it's spatially inefficient to have two
> buttons for opposite states, ergo you only need one button.

Well in Jokosher stop kind of has a function. Pause keeps the audio at
the current position (so you can hit play and pick up where you left
off) whereas stop will take you back to the beginning.

> Personally, I blame Apple.  Until the iPod came along, every CD player
> (and of course cassette player) I ever owned had separate Play, Pause
> and Stop buttons.  But that wouldn't have fitted so nicely onto a
> clickwheel, so now everyone's used to overloaded buttons :)

I blame apple too. Banshee seems to copy a lot of things from iTunes,
and that would include their play/pause button, which totem now uses as
well. However Jokosher is different from either banshee, totem or
rhythmbox in the fact that we require a stop button. Currently we use a
play toggle button just like rhythmbox. Is it worth trying to keep
Jokosher's play/pause button consistent with any of these applications
since the stop button is already inconsistent with them all?


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