to be honest I though of some Wizard like things at first as well, but I dropped them because in the wizard workflow you would have something like: What do you want to do? * Shrink a partition * OK, Which partition do you want to shrink?=> display of all hard/discs partitions?
* Create a partition * OK, Which unallocated disc space do you want to use?=> display of all hard discs/partitions?
But maybe it just needs more thinking about that :-)
--- example --- There is not enough space (no space) for the openSUSE installation. Windows installation takes all the disk (almost all the disk). Would you like to
(x) Shrink Windows installation and propose openSUSE disk layout for a Dual-Boot computer? ( ) Remove Windows installation and use the entire disk for openSUSE? ( ) Sit Down and Listen to Hooverphonic? ( ) Run Expert Disk-Partitioning Tool?
--- example ---
I request a tool tip to explain the term "Hooverphonic" :-)
Yes, Ubuntu partitioner is also sometimes a bit confusing and it doesn't use the dialog space very efficiently in some cases.
How would you like to read that article?
e.g. people who don't know what a partition is? :-)
Partitioning needs to be self-explanatory.
It needs to be self-explanatory but you have to bring some basic skills with you (e.g. what is a partition)
I'd be interested in a study that tries to prove or disclaim or just defines how many UI widgets in one dialog can be easily understood to a user that sees it for the very fist time, than a second time (after some time). Also a layout of widgets makes the difference I guess.
This also depends on the grouping of the widget (I think that is also what you meant by layout of widgets) Basically short term memory can remember something like 5-7 chunks (pieces of information). It also heavily depends on the experience of the user and other factors. But to give a short answer: I don't know anything exact about that :-)
As an example, a base dialog with table of disks could be used, [Add], [Edit], [Delete]
I was also thinking about that, but I was also asked to think of an innovative design. Difficult, difficult. I just rethink the whole thing :-)
Common user will love it, IT administrators might hate it. Why we just don't hide it under a [x] "Show Graphical Overview" check-box that would be unselected in an Expert Partitioner and selected in a Newbie Mode :) (yes, they are only default values).
I thought about that as well but I couldn't figure out a nice place for the switch between graphical and numerical mode. I first thought about using tabs or radio buttons.
Drawing use-cases helps a lot to the designer :) I know that ;) believe me.
I believe you :-)