[Sugar-devel] [Dextrose] DESIGN: Proposed UI simplifications
garycmartin at googlemail.com
Fri Oct 22 10:55:03 EDT 2010
On 21 Oct 2010, at 11:26, Bernie Innocenti wrote:
> From my experience with first-time Sugar users in Mozambique, I've come
> up with a list of UI changes that would help:
> 1) EASY: kill the name picker that pops up when quitting
> activities. Nobody ever uses it, it's just annoying and confusing
> for new users who don't know how to dismiss it. Maybe one day
> someone will come out with a less intrusive UI for the same purpose,
> but for the time being we're much better off without anything.
+1, ideally we would replace this with Walter's patch to raise the details view within any activity for editing via the top frame menu for each activity:
> 2) EASY: kill the "Mute" function on the volume icon in the frame.
> I can't think of a useful use-case for it, and children often
> manage to turn on muting by simply clicking on the speaker icon
> (which is a lame UI, btw). If we remove this feature, we have to
> unconditionally unmute on startup!
+1, sounds reasonable. Can you file a ticket for it.
> 3) MEDIUM: Figure out why so many control panels require restarting
> Sugar, and fix them not to. Because we use GConf for settings,
> we should be able to setup callbacks to be invoked on any change.
> Removing existing features is always hard in free software, as there's
> always some user who advocates in favor of keeping them. As consumers,
> it's hard for us to cope with the sense of "loss", even if the feature
> had no practical value for us.
> If we can't get these proposals approved upstream, perhaps we can make
> them configurable. IMHO, it sucks to add a knob every time we fail to
> find consensus, but it's still a little better than maintaining off-tree
> // Bernie Innocenti - http://codewiz.org/
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