[openbeos-cdt] Re: .pkg package uninstaller GUI

  • From: Łukasz 'Sil2100' Zemczak <sil2100@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: openbeos-cdt@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 07 Jul 2007 00:07:19 +0200


Jonas Sundström wrote:
> I would prefer a GUI that was closer to that of Data-
> Translations, with a few tweaks, like moving the icon:
> http://haiku-os.org/index.php?q=gallery&g2_itemId=44
> I think it would look better. Very wide list views don't look
> good, with selected items spanning mostly white space. 

Thanks for the proposition! That's a very interesting one indeed. That
(space wastage) was one of the problems with the last proposition, which
I mentioned in the earlier e-mail.

Your design has a really nice BeOS/Haiku feel in it, since most
preferences applications were using this layout. But there are a few
things I don't like about this idea.
Package names are indeed quite compact, but not every one of them.
Imagine the situation when a package with a big name would be installed
on the system. Even with resize to fit the application would loose its
visual balance greatly, because it would have a wide listview followed
by a wide description view. The result is a wide window, with normal
height. This wouldn't look too good and a bit inconsistent.

The reason for this is that the listview height in this configuration
would be the same as the description view - i.e. as big as the window.

Even with fixed size listviews, finding the right width so that both
issues would be solved would be quite hard.
I also think that in this layout a little too much emphasis is put on
the package description.

That's, of course, my private opinion. It would be best if the more
experienced, usability specialists would comment on this proposition ;-)

Best regards,
Łukasz 'Sil2100' Zemczak

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