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21 June 2007 at 2:56pm
Well Im tempted to try bottom right.. Heres my quick little idea
http://willr.co.nz/wp-content/files/saveButtons.png . The buttons are much bigger as theres alot more space down there. Me and sean will catch up in the office and talk over some ideas.
21 June 2007 at 3:10pm Last edited: 21 June 2007 3:11pm
The idea of moving them as shown in willr's image is a good idea, presently as they are it's confusing to have them at the top right, so the bottom right is probably a lot easier to view (as long as they're always in a prominent position to be clicked, and not ever hidden from view).
21 June 2007 at 3:24pm
Thanks for your suggestions Will and Sean!
Tomorrow, I'll try to move the buttons to the bottom right in addition to adding a push and hover effect. I'll also try working on integrating Steve's "Tree Control Tweaks"
22 June 2007 at 8:50am Last edited: 22 June 2007 8:52am
I think that one of the problems with the current buttons, as well as the position, is the fact that they don't look very "buttony". Could we perhaps get the design for these looking a bit more like the raised, rounded box that people associate with buttons on forms?
Obviously, there are challenges fitting any new think into the UI, but I'm concerned that we're going to frustrate users if we keep changing the placement of buttons, so we need to get it right the first time.
Additionally, the current placement of the buttons is where status messages normally appear. Elijah, maybe we need to move the status messages to appear on the bottom left, in the white gap that the buttons create. Maybe the green background box isn't so appropriate now; maybe we just want to write red or green text on the white background, with some kind of icon next to it?
Will, if you have a spare moment (yeah, right!) do you perhaps want to mock up the full width of the bottom section with a success message shown by the buttons - to see if it works?
22 June 2007 at 10:17am Last edited: 22 June 2007 10:34am
Last night, I noticed the buttons that WordPress uses:
They have a double border to give them the raised appearance of buttons. In addition, the important action, "Save", is bold. I wonder if using a style like that would be good.
> Elijah, maybe we need to move the status messages to appear on the bottom left, in the white gap that the buttons create. Maybe the green background box isn't so appropriate now; maybe we just want to write red or green text on the white background, with some kind of icon next to it?
I think moving it to the bottom left is a good idea because that is where the status bar in most applications is located. Would we want to make the status message disappear after a while like it does now, or alway show until replaced by a new status message?
Edit: In addition, WordPress makes dangerous buttons turn red on hover: http://www.elijahlofgren.com/silverstripe/images/usability/13-wordpress-delete-button-hover.png
I wonder if doing something like that would be a nice usability enhancement.
23 June 2007 at 11:58am
I agree the use of red on hover is a cool idea. Make it so!
23 June 2007 at 3:05pm Last edited: 23 June 2007 3:07pm
Today I experimented with moving the buttons to the bottom right and the status messages to the bottom left. Here's how it turned out:
What do you think?
I'll commit the following changes to the gsoc branch if you think the above looks good:
> I agree the use of red on hover is a cool idea. Make it so!
Done. In the above patch, I've added red on hover for the "Unpublish" and "Cancel Draft Changes" buttons along with a the nice push button effect that WordPress uses when a button is clicked.
Awaiting your feedback,
23 June 2007 at 3:13pm
Elijah, that's fantastic work. I notice you made them look like the Wordpress one's which is good. One small piece of criticism I have is that the font size is a little big. Perhaps if it was more consistent with the font size on the tabs it would look better?
The hover effect is great. I totally agree with Sam on this one!
All in all though, I think it's a great change. Elijah, are the buttons always fixed in that position? For example, if the TinyMCE editor got larger, and the page required scrolling, would the buttons be in a fixed position, or would they be at the bottom once you've scrolled all the way down?
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