Re: lists of problems

Quang-Tuyen Dang (
Sat, 28 Feb 1998 18:01:16 -0600 (CST)

Date: Sat, 28 Feb 1998 18:01:16 -0600 (CST)
From: Quang-Tuyen Dang <>
Subject: Re: lists of problems
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> 1) Confusing navigation.
> 2) Memory load.
> 4) Mixing concerns.
> 5) Incomprehensible choices or lack of feedback.

That's why I have kept suggesting to reduce the number of tabs.
The tab Project does not mean a lot to most testers. Filter tab
could be moved up to the menu bar. The stuff under Processing tab
could be moved to Generate tab, then we could eliminate
Processing tab. Most testers did not remember much about
test/real archive and generate in test/real directory
relationship. One suggestion is to drop out the test one. User
can do the test one by just specifying a test directory under
input for the real one.

> 3) Unnecessary detail.

In UNIX, working directory means the directory you are at. It
might not the directory where your program is running. After the
tests, I found out that most testers did not understand the
meaning of working directory. Why don't we drop this option out
to let user choose his/her own directory to find the mailbox file
and the directory where to publish the HTML archive?

> 6) Other lack of feedback.

When the user makes changes to the stuff under Archive tab,
she does not know whether the changes are committed or not. There
are no controls to let her confirm the changes or see that her
changes get affected somehow. We cannot imply: "Once you are done
with a tab, please go to the next tab on the right." This was our
assumption earlier, but I did not see it working. Suggestion is
to make a button for the user to click on to commit input.

> 7) Terminology or using the users's language.

I agree with the new name "Mailbox Web Publisher" and "Generate"
--> "Publish". The animation is nice. Will we have a colorful
poster or just BW one?

Hope this can help.