Am Dienstag, den 08.05.2007, 09:12 +0200 schrieb Joerg Kress:
I'd love to see more community action when it comes to the main-menu. There is however a limitation to what can be done: AFAIK, the main-menu is mainly driven by usability tests and not by feature requests. So every idea must first be tested in the lab. And if you have seen posts or listened to interviews regarding the main-menu, it is not always the obvious that people find easy to use. So while these might be good ideas, there is still the question on whether they make it through the usability lab.
Yes, exactly. And it is great to have that systematic approach in software-developoment. I would love it though, if testing on the main-menu would not be declared finished, already. ;)
In my experience, it's better to write on the -project or -factory mailing list because they're more frequented (please put me as CC, I'm interested in this discussion).
You might also be interested in the -ux list, which used to be the usability list and now has a much broader spectrum: user experience.
You might also file a bug against main-menu and mark as an enhancement. One bug for each feature-request. The team will try worthwhile features and you'll either see it in a update or it gets rejected for usability reasons (if the feature failed in the tests).
Good idea, I will.
I would love to have a sensible discussion with contributions from the actual developers on possible improvements of usability. So, I'm gonna have a look at the -ux-list to see if anything's there.
Small things can make a big difference. For example if a suggestion like mine for an integrated app-browser came into being, it would be very important that apps would not appear just in any order but sorted by 'sets of popularity' so that it would take as few clicks as possible to find the app one wants: *open menu*, *select "more apps"*, *select "Internet"*, set of most-used internet-applications appears, *click on ->*, set of 2nd-most-used internet-applications appears, *click on ->*, set of 3rd-most-used internet-applications appears...
Anyway, I'm glad someone listens.