[openbeos-cdt] Re: .pkg installer user interface

  • From: Łukasz 'Sil2100' Zemczak <sil2100@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: openbeos-cdt@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2007 20:12:21 +0200

Hi everyone,

Thanks again for your comments. After some thought, I'm starting to think that the best choice would be putting less attention to BeOS similarity than before. I will be mostly commenting on Waldemar's posts, since my thoughts are quite similar to what DarkWyrm suggested, no comment from my side is needed.

Waldemar Kornewald wrote:
About showing the file list, I still disagree. If we can work around
bad packages automatically we don't need to inspect them. Nobody does
this under Windows, so why should we?

I don't think Windows is a good argument, since many of their approaches are far from being intuitive and useful. My thoughts of this are quite simple - I don't like the idea to decrease user freedom (since knowing what the system does _is_ freedom) just because complexity would rise a bit. Even though we aim for normal, desktop users, I think we should not tighten our area of vision too much. I know a few people that are neither developers nor complete computer newbies that find such information interesting. I just can't imagine them running the package builder, or some other application, to get this info. The same goes for me, as I have the very same thoughts as DarkWyrm.

IMO, one additional button put in the right place won't make normal users waste time or feel uncomfortable. I simply think the pros of such addition overwhelm the cons.

BTW, one other minor improvement suggestion:
"Begin" is basically like "OK" and I think more obvious labels should
be used. What do you think about renaming "Begin" to "Install"?

This seems a good idea. Although the old approach is still quite good, since we decided already that the window tab should include "Install: Package name". With this addition, "Begin" also sounds fair, since the user knows that pressing the button will "begin the installation of Package name".

Just a quick note for Łukasz:
I think that our installer should be able to recognize such "bad"
packages and not allow for selecting a target folder (but only a

I agree. This would then end the issue of volume and path separation.

The pop-up field could be replaced with a BStringView when there is
only one option, so you could easily recognize when multiple options
are available (if that's your concern).

The same here - I also agree.

Anyway, right now I think that a UI similar to the one proposed by Waldemar can prove to be a good choice. First, the issue of the "Show files" button should be resolved though...

Best regards,
Łukasz 'Sil2100' Zemczak

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