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Subject: Re: Interface fundamental proposition.

Re: Interface fundamental proposition.

From: Paul Louden <>
Date: Tue, 29 May 2007 08:54:58 -0500

I don't see a short vs long press as being any easier, so to me it
comes entirely down to the positioning, and the select button is
certainly in a better position than the 'context menu' button. It even
makes more sense to me that it be on the select button, in terms of
pure interface, because you use the select button as part of
navigation (to select a file, analogous to clicking on a computer),
and holding the select button is an alternate form of selecting the
file (bringing up the things you can do with it, rather than taking
the default action, analogous to right clicking on a file), so just
from a pure "what should it do" concept, it makes sense to me for it
to be there, as well as from a convenience concept.

To me personally the other mapping is easier to use overall, but I was
trying not to bring personal preference into this. As is the case, I
posit that _overall_ the benefits of having the buttons mapped as the
other targets outweigh the costs. The current layout shows a
significant preference for right handed people, something that can be
fixed at a very, very minimal cost, as well as requiring less thumb
movement for one-handed operation (for either left or right-handed
users), which has been in the past mentioned as a preference.

In regards to Simon's post:
>But for me the core is only cursor movement, menu, select, play.

I hate to say it, but you're either contradicting yourself with that
statement, or not understanding me: The 'menu' button, as you
mentioned, isn't honored on the Sansa because it's also the power
button, and the quick menu has been removed from it. That 'core'
button doesn't work the same on the Sansas.

I honestly find the current Sansa button layout incredibly
inconvenient for either hand usage, but I'd rather discuss it on
objective terms rather than a matter of preference, because honestly
if you ask 20 people how they'd like their button layouts, you're
going to get 20 responses. I think it's absolutely horrible for
overall usefulness, independent of handedness and prior targets,
because the main menu is visited frequently and not accessible from
the "central" area.
Received on 2007-05-29

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