From: Alan Horkan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Jun 03 2003 - 13:45:20 EDT
On 3 Jun 2003, Christian Neumair wrote:
> Date: 03 Jun 2003 16:48:24 +0200
> From: Christian Neumair <email@example.com>
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
> Subject: [Usability] [RFC] Proposed AbiWord preferences dialog mockup
> I just compiled a bunch of screenshots of my mockup for a new AbiWord
> preferences dialog [1-4].
> Please have a look at them and make proposals on what I can still
> improve. I like it much more than the old dialog but I'm not completely
> satisfied. Especially the buttons IMO are far away from looking perfect.
> Thanks for your efforts!
>  http://gnome-de.org/~manny/prefsmockup1.png
At some point this will probably need a radical overhaul.
At this time I would be inclined to move the Toolbar Properties up and
make the Available toolbars box much wider.
>  http://gnome-de.org/~manny/prefsmockup2.png
I am fairly sure that you are not supposed to use
Instead you should use Show and default to On/Off as approrpriate.
I will have to check most of the mnemonics in Abiword soon, there are
problems. I dont recall if the Gnome Human Inteface Guidelines explain
how to use mnemonics properly.
The mnemonic _a has been used more than once.
Finding it is left as an exercise for the reader.
Using the _n in Dont for a mnemonic is not a good choice. I probably
would have choosen the _w in white as it is a key word in the phrase.
Mnemonics should generally choose the First letter of the first word.
If the first letter is not available and there is more than one word
try to choose the first letter of another word.
If there is only one word try to choose the first letter of a syllable or
I make an exception with Preferences, it is more useful to be consistant
with an application as widely used as Netscape/Mozilla than anything else.
Having _Edit Pr_eferences allows particularly quick access to a much used
feature and muscle memory applies. (I think Dom changed this last week at
my suggestion, but again I am not using an up-to-date version)
If possible Mnemonics should be added to the Tab names, but that is an
enhancemnt not a bug.
[Watching Johnny Mnemonic a fortnight ago had the strange unexpected side
effect of making me think too much about mnemonics in Abiword]
>  http://gnome-de.org/~manny/prefsmockup3.png
>  http://gnome-de.org/~manny/prefsmockup4.png
Not happy about things that are named Miscellaneous/Other/Stuff as it a
poor description. I might rearrange the tabs and try and regroup the
options in an appropriate category and call the front tab
"General" (to at least be consistant with another Operating System)
If we were to do as some one else suggested and add a Reset button I think
it should probably be put beside "Preference Schemes" (or included as
"Factory Settings" scheme but i think that might be too deeply hidden).
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