[Bugs] #2282 UNSP: Don't require the user to experiment to find out what the color-selector icons are for

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#2282: Don't require the user to experiment to find out what the color-selector
icons are for
    Reporter:  mikus                      |          Owner:                             
        Type:  enhancement                |         Status:  new                        
    Priority:  Unspecified by Maintainer  |      Milestone:  Unspecified by Release Team
   Component:  untriaged                  |        Version:  0.90.x                     
    Severity:  Unspecified                |       Keywords:                             
Distribution:  OLPC                       |   Status_field:  Unconfirmed                

Comment(by mikus):

 Replying to [comment:10 walter]:

 Yes, there is a disconnect.  My suggestion was to __guide__ the child? in
 understanding "what the five colored icons can be used for" (i.e., get the
 user started).  Your suggestion is "let the child? experiment to find out"
 (i.e., tell the user nothing).

 My purpose in using this panel is to put in colors I'm deliberately
 choosing for this system's XO icon.  To me that is a task, not a game.  I
 get dissatisfied when I'm forced to "play around" too much (instead of
 getting the task done).  With #2282, I'm speaking up for any other XO
 users who have a similar attitude towards "let's get the XO colors set to
 my liking".

 > > The motivation for the ticket was: There should be no need for the
 child? to go to the wiki.
 > Arguably, had the fill color changed when it was clicked, there would
 not have been any confusion and no need to go to the wiki.
 I never claimed the fill color did not change when a left icon was clicked
 -- it DID change.

 What I am objecting to (and you are not) is that I __HAD__ to click
 (repeatedly?) on a left icon to discover that the fill color was being
 changed.  [Remember -- my purpose for being here is to perform a task --
 to set the color combination -- it is NOT to explore "gee - I wonder why
 there are five icons being shown to me".]

 > why the corner case led to your confusion and your doubts
 > ... was tripping you up

 You keep mentioning the corner case (which I arrived at by
 indiscriminately clicking here and there, for a while).  Speaking for
 myself, I don't CARE about that corner case - contrary to your statement,
 it did not trip me up at all.  In general, a click on an icon will either
 "do" something, or will "NOT do" it.  In that corner case, clicking on a
 left icon might do nothing - OK, that would be the "NOT do" situation -
 there is no doubt and no confusion (the user can think "it doesn't work" -
 and leave it at that).

 > the icon you click is the colors you get

 __THIS__ is what led to my doubt and my confusion.

 I clicked on a left icon.  Multiple icons changed colors.  I __STILL__ do
 not understand clearly which parts of which icons were supposed to change.
 But by reading the wiki, I learned that the 'fill' color was supposed to
 change.  I did not have the patience to sit there at the XO and try to
 figure out which parts of which icons were supposed to change to which

 Then I clicked on a right icon.  BOTH the 'stroke' color and the 'fill'
 color of the various icons changed.  That's when I gave up.  [I exited the
 'About Me' panel with the X (cancel).]

 How am I supposed to use an icon when I don't understand what clicking it
 would do?


 My doubt and my confusion (which is NOT what I wrote #2282 about) came
 from not understanding what each icon was supposed to __DO__ when clicked
 on.  [I don't remember the wiki describing when/why a 'stroke' icon can
 change the 'fill' as well.]

 I wrote #2282 as a request to PLEASE give a person who has a specific task
 to perform ('set the colors') more guidance than "Sometimes the quickest
 way to learn is to explore".

Ticket URL: <http://bugs.sugarlabs.org/ticket/2282#comment:11>
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