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

  • From: Łukasz 'Sil2100' Zemczak <sil2100@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: openbeos-cdt@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 05 Jul 2007 10:12:43 +0200


Thanks again for all comments everyone! I'm after exams right now, so I
hope to make some progress in the nearest few days.

DarkWyrm wrote:
> It _is_ simple. Nice work. :) My only gripe is the actual layout, but 
> not for any particular usability reason -- just an opinion. From my own 
> experience, I'd say that what you've suggested (and you have plausible 
> reasons for doing so) is just not typical control layout. The main 
> reason is that the listview and description are left-aligned, but not 
> right-aligned. Combine that with a bottom-aligned button, and what you 
> have is something that is visually off-balance. It is also not 
> consistent with the general style (hard to define, I know) of the rest 
> of the GUI apps in the OS.
> A way to address these stylistic issues would be to place the listview 
> at the top, the description in the middle, and the Uninstall button in 
> the bottom right corner. You would still have some space for adding on 
> and there would be more visual balance.

I agree with this; I know about this issue since I was having similar
thoughts. But I decided to use this approach for two reasons. The first
one would be that the listview would have to be the same size as the
description view, wasting space. Package names are quite compact and
don't need as much free space.
The second thing would be, well, intuitiveness? I don't quite have a
word for this. What I mean is, that when a user wants to remove a
package, he probably wants to do this as fast as possible. So it's
better for him (more intuitive?) to have the button responsible close to
the selection list.

Also, I find it a bit odd to see a Uninstall/Remove button used for
"removal" in place of the usual button which "changes or adds
something". But that's just a personal feeling ;-)

From my point of view, both the old and your suggested one are be good.
Now it's just a matter of a final decision.

Best regards,
Łukasz 'Sil2100' Zemczak

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