Re: Mockup for UI

David S. Cargo (
Wed, 4 Feb 1998 10:01:39 -0600

Date: Wed, 4 Feb 1998 10:01:39 -0600
From: (David S. Cargo)
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Subject: Re: Mockup for UI

Are you suggesting that we need another tab for doing the actual
performance of the work?

I don't have any objection to that as long as we can come up with a
descriptive word for it (the tab and the function). It may be that
we need more tabs to address some of the visibility problems.

Problems I already see with the mockup:

Projects tab

I had the idea for the autocreate option; if you choose autocreate, then
as soon as one input is defined, default values for the processing and
archives tab would get filled in. There's little more that the user
would need to do. Maybe this should be default behavior, with the user
taking action to change the values that had the orginal defaults put
into them. This option was created to make the work necessary for the
beginning user to turn one mailbox into one archive the minimum necessary.

Filters tab

I stuggled with this one a bit, because I didn't want to try to figure out
how to do a full logical-expression composer. I stuck with the minimum
number of conditions and actions. The rectangles are actually going to
be scrolling choice boxes, not just editable fields.

Processing tab

Does it make more sense to define the default archive on the processing
tab or the archive tab? (The archive tab already has a lot of stuff
on it now, though.)

There needs to be a way to see the processing setup better.

There is no easy way defined to see where input from a mailbox goes.
It can be done if a mailbox is selected, but there should be a better
way. Maybe we need a joined pair of list boxes where each mailbox and
its matched archive show up. The archive field would be editable.
(Options for it would include "none" and "default".)

Similarly, there is no way defined that allows a view of where the
filters are applied. There is no way to "unapply" (remove) a filter.
(It would be possible to display the filters in a table with rows for
the mailboxes and columns for the archives. The table would have to be
on a canvas with scroll bars attached, in case it didn't fit in the
available space.)

Quang, if you know of a good way to take images off of a FrameMaker
page and put them into a GIF file, I could put the images into my
web site.

If we have FrameMaker available after class, we can fix some of these
problems between class and the TA meeting.