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Re: [yast-devel] redesign of repo module UI
  • From: Martin Schmidkunz <mschmidkunz@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2010 14:01:01 +0100
  • Message-id: <601E989D-6C75-4882-B45B-0CB777B29C2F@xxxxxxx>
No, the current webYaST concept means that icons should be handled with care.
One idea for a style guide text would be:
"Do not use just an icon to display an action as icons are often perceived in a different way by different users. That means that just displaying an icon makes it more difficult for the user to get the meaning of an action.
To avoid confusion and ease the use of webYaST always use an icon and some explanatory text."

Concerning help:
Currently there is no explicit "help" concept in webYaST.
One reason is that usability studies showed that users often find "Help" quite unhelpful and the other reason is that it is our aim to create an UI which is so simple and self-explanatory that "Help" becomes superflous.
If you want to give the user detailled information about a setting use either prefilled input fields or a short explanatory text below the settings label.
Do not use "help" icons, pop ups or similar stuff. These will breake the otherwise clear and easy webYaST layout and the ease of it`s user experience.
Try to make the wording of a setting as easy and self-descriptive as possible.


What do you think?



On 22.02.2010, at 16:44, Katarina Machalkova wrote:

Explaining "Priorities":
An icon would be one solution, but it would break with the rest of the
current webYaST concept.

Shall I read it as "current webYaST concept doesn't allow icons"? Where is
this defined?

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