Rockbox mail archiveSubject: RE: Difficulties loading .cfg files
I've worked with a couple different usability experts and I must say that we must be very careful about applying these UI design rules (i.e. "less than 7 rule" and "no scrolling") without careful consideration of our audience.
You see, one must remember that the person who is smart enough to flash their own Archos player is probably well aware of (and comfortable using) more advanced user-interface concepts like scrolling and >7 menu lengths.
IMO, the new system may be actually less usable than the former (even though time and patience may help me adjust to it over time). To me, it is far more frustrating to drill down a few levels only to find that I have to go back up those 2 levels and try going down a another branch of the menu structure just to try and find the option I want.
I'd like to see the changes rolled-back at least until such time that a broader survey of the user base can be polled. Whether you like the design or or not, the current (now former) menu system is typical of most user-interfaces and there is value in following the de-facto standard (no matter how it adheres to textbook standards). Also, I think our users are advanced enough to handle it and dumbing it down is not necessarily advantageous.
You can blame me for that reorganization. I did this patch because the
Maybe we should carry out some usability tests...
>>I am not sure what the answer is, but ever
> I completely agree. I think that the latest menu
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