[libreoffice-design] Minutes of the Design Hangout: 2016-04-01

Jacobo Aragunde Pérez jaragunde at igalia.com
Mon Apr 11 19:20:13 UTC 2016

On 11/04/16 17:00, Wols Lists wrote:
> On 11/04/16 10:24, Yousuf 'Jay' Philips wrote:
>> On 04/05/2016 05:38 PM, Wols Lists wrote:
>>> Just seen this - one little comment ...
>>> "Prefer graphical widgets in favor of controls that require the input of
>>> an exact value (e.g. an image’s transparency with discrete steps via
>>> sliders)."
>>> I'm not sure how appropriate it is in these circumstances, but one of
>>> the things that drives me up the wall with guis is how you're forced to
>>> use sliders/mice so much. A graphical widget should have a button that
>>> converts it into an input window - eg I sometimes want to enter colours
>>> as pantones.
>>> Most people are visual. Most people prefer sliders. Just remember that
>>> some of us don't ... :-) That's why I'm a WordPerfect fan - it's so easy
>>> to use an input dialog that plonks things *exactly* where you want them
>>> rather than dragging and hoping you've dropped it in the right place :-)
>> Though we will be introducing more graphical widgets, they will be
>> accompanied by regular input fields that users can view/input the exact
>> value. E.g. the transparency slider and spinbox field in the area
>> content panel.
> That's great. It's just that sometimes us text people get forgotten :-(

Text input is also important for screen reader users :) I guess you can
make a slider accessible, but a text entry will always work better.

Jacobo Aragunde
Software Engineer at Igalia

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