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Subject: Re: Difficulties loading .cfg files

Re: Difficulties loading .cfg files

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Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2004 00:17:47 +0100

You can blame me for that reorganization. I did this patch because the
main menu was totally cluttered before. I'm in to HCI (Human Computer
Interaction) and did work at a usability lab for years. It's a basic
rule in HCI that the number of menu entries should not exceed 7. And
it's bad practise to force users to scroll to see all options. That can
only be achieved by deeper levels, of course. The tricky thing is to
group the entries logically.
In this sense the menu reorganization was NOT poorly thought out. It
just follows widely accepted guidelines. What I might have missed, is
which options are used more frequently. But that's subjective to some
extent. What about making "Manage Settings" the first entry in the
system menu?

- peter

Maybe we should carry out some usability tests...

>>I am not sure what the answer is, but ever
>>Shorted and deeper menu's would not seem to
>>be ideal.

> I completely agree. I think that the latest menu
> reorganization was poorly thought out and based on a
> questionable premise that it is better minimize the
> number of selections at each menu level in order to
> make items at each level visible with minimal or no
> scrolling at the expense of having to burry things at
> deeper levels. I don't find that having to navigate
> down into a larger number of menu levels is any
> improvement over scrolling for them in fewer
> not-so-deep levels.
Received on 2004-01-20

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