[FoRK] UI evolution

Lucas Gonze lucas.gonze at gmail.com
Wed Feb 20 14:56:20 PST 2013


Speaking of discoverability nightmares, grayed out menu items.

There's no way to find out why they're grayed. It's the opposite of
discoverability.

On Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 2:19 PM, Lucas Gonze <lucas.gonze at gmail.com> wrote:
> Personally I usually learn new gestures by doing them accidentally the
> first time. It's like a random mutation.
>
> On Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 2:14 PM, Lucas Gonze <lucas.gonze at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I ME CONFUSE TOo
>>
>> On Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 2:04 PM, Joseph S. Barrera III <j3 at barrera.org> wrote:
>>> Actually, Lucas's post confused me because in my original post I stated that
>>> the command line has the same issue. In fact my point was that unguessable
>>> gestures trash the usability gains that came from transitioning from the
>>> command line to WIMP.
>>>
>>> - Joe
>>>
>>>
>>> On 2/20/2013 1:45 PM, Kent Spaulding wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Joe was suggesting that all OSes support a ?-mark gesture to call up
>>>> help... I suppose.
>>>>
>>>> On Feb 16, 2013, at 10:50 AM, Lucas Gonze wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> It's the same issue on the command line. Discoverability comes from
>>>>> visibility, but adding a program to your $PATH doesn't surface it.
>>>>>
>>>>> I remember discovering "less" when it succeeded "more". I happened to
>>>>> be watching a dev at the command line because he was showing me some
>>>>> code. That was discoverability for the console.
>>>>>
>>>>> On Sat, Feb 16, 2013 at 10:30 AM, Kelley Howell
>>>>> <kcwalker at inkworkswell.com> wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>> That's too bad. Normally, it's only when you DO know the gestures that
>>>>>> any
>>>>>> sort of screwing goes on. :)
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> At 10:39 AM 2/16/2013, Joseph S. Barrera III wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> If you don't know the gestures, you're screwed.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> - Joe
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
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