[mythtv-users] Re: Re: Cannot set a recording
GeckoFiend at gmail.com
Mon Sep 6 13:07:09 EDT 2004
On Mon, 06 Sep 2004 12:27:31 -0400, Michael J. Sherman
<msherman at dsbox.com> wrote:
> >> Yeah, the interface just threw me for a loop. It appeared as a list >of
> >> options. It was not entirely clear that you had to scroll left/right >to
> >> get options to change. Perhaps a different UI scheme (something more
> >> standard) would be better and more intuitive; at least a little arrow
> >> indicator perhaps next to the option to denote the fact that you can >in
> >> fact go left/right to change it.
> >Well, if you're using CVS you should be following the commits list,
> >which included instructions on how to use the screen (as do the
> >release notes Isaac linked to on mythtv.org). Some further work will
> >be done on this screen in the future to add visual cues to indicate
> >when you can use left/right but pretty much everything on that screen
> >can be scrolled with left/right.
> I think the point I was trying to get at was this interface style is
> new, and not intuitive.
> The options (even the ones you can move left/right) are just presented
> as a list in a listbox type of widget. To a normal computer user, that
> means you can select up and down to scroll up/down the list, then choose
> one option. The fact that you are mixing list choices with selection
> choices (left/right) breaks very standard interface conventions. And,
> IMHO, that is a Bad Thing (TM). Visual cues for knowing when to go
> left/right would be huge.
Visual clues being worked on. That being said, all it takes is to
either read the instructions once, or be told once to "get it".
> Open source software is continually dinged on the lack of usable
> interfaces; why not buck that trend and use standard/simple interface
> styles? If I showed this "new" and "improved" recording options screen
> to a non-technical person, their head would explode. I guess I could
> explain how the new options screen is not using QT widgets and it's
> themeable, and then I'm sure they would understand.
Other than the lack of a visual indicator to show you left/right how
is it prone to make someone's head explode?
> If I'm out on a limb here and nobody agrees with me, that's fine. I may
> just be unreasonable in my expecations for MythTV. I have perceived a
> negative trend in the interface over the last five months, and I just am
> only trying to voice my opinion. My wife uses our Myth box, too, so all
> of these new styles are not a good thing when they are so complicated
> and non-intuitive.
As do the wives of all the developers. As do guests in my home.
Oddly enough I haven't received any reports of heads exploding. The
UI changes that have been going on have been to make the interface
If you've got specific, helpful suggestions please by all means chime
in but please keep things free of exaggeration.
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