Re: Commit: some of Jared's UI suggestions

Subject: Re: Commit: some of Jared's UI suggestions
From: Dan Kegel (
Date: Sun Aug 12 2001 - 18:01:47 CDT

Paul Rohr wrote:
> At 09:38 PM 8/12/01 +1000, Martin Sevior wrote:
> >Further to Jared's suggestions, I think changing the break dialog to a
> >set of cascading menu-items is good idea. This is much easier to use than
> >our current MS Word clone. Will anyone object if I implement this change?
> Uh, I'm fairly certain that usability research says that cascading
> pull-right menus are a lot *harder* to use. Physically, pulling down a menu
> or hitting a button in a dialog isn't too hard to do with most pointing
> devices. However, the gestures needed to get pull-rights working on, say,
> your laptop, are a lot harder to master.
> Thus, I'd have a strong preference for minimizing pull-rights in the UI
> where feasible.
> I'll assert that the current solution for this functionality Just Works, as
> far as the majority of our userbase is concerned, so I'd like to see some
> real data before changing it.

My 2 cents: I agree with Paul that abi should avoid cascading pull-rights
unless usability testing shows they work better.

Sometimes it's *good* to clone how Microsoft Word does things!
- Dan

"I have seen the future, and it licks itself clean." -- Bucky Katt

This archive was generated by hypermail 2b25 : Sun Aug 12 2001 - 17:53:37 CDT