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Subject: Re: option clutter
From: roland (for_spam_at_gmx.de)
Date: 2004-05-07


>It would be possible to remove even more settings from the menu and make
>them available in the config file only. This way the "power users" could
>still be able to tweak rockbox but usability would be much better for the
>average user.
what about an "easy mode" which hides or simplifies certain options for
non-power-users ?

to be really "ergonomic" and user-friendly with rockbox, there has to be done
some field-study: the average users users need to be asked - too many geeks
around here on this list ;)

for my opinion, rockbox needs no change. rockbox has enough complexity.
to differ between average and power-user adds another layer of complexity.
maybe it can be done with help of documentation: add a remark/icon "standard
option" and "advanced option" to every documented feature ?

roland

----- Original Message -----
From: "Andreas Stemmer" <groovingandi_at_gmx.de>
To: "Rockbox development" <rockbox_at_cool.haxx.se>
Sent: Thursday, May 06, 2004 10:57 PM
Subject: Re: option clutter

> [IDC]Dragon wrote:
> > When I went through all the menu tree while doing the voice feature I
> > coudn't believe
> > a) what a lot of stuff is there, about which I can barely imagine that
> > anybody will set those, and
> > b) to how many levels you can set it (a simplification would be to just
> > have a numeric value).
> > Most of it I immediately forgot again, but I made a mental note about that
> > one day I'd like to summarize it and start a discussion about a clearance.
> >
> > Some value-rich b) examples I just looked up again:
> > - 18 different values for peak meter hold time, 25 for clip hold
> > - 19 values for backlight timeout
> > - 16 values for fast forward / rewind acceleration
> > Probably quite often something like low/medium/high would be enough, imho.
> >
> > Examples for a) are harder to look up, I'm too lazy right now.
>
> I agree 100% and I have some examples for a)
> - Play Selected First
> - FFwd/Rewind settings could be combined (gentle, normal, aggressive)
> - Scrolling could be simplified (perhaps speed and delay only)
> - Peak Meter Performance
> - Peak Meter Maximum of Range (any reason for not having 0dB here?)
>
> It would be possible to remove even more settings from the menu and make
> them available in the config file only. This way the "power users" could
> still be able to tweak rockbox but usability would be much better for the
> average user.
>
> Andreas
>
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