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Re: [egit-dev] checking

On Sun, Jun 5, 2011 at 11:09 AM, Alex Blewitt <alex.blewitt@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 4 Jun 2011, at 23:49, Matthias Sohn <matthias.sohn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> The checkboxes were replaced by toggle buttons which isn't really hiding them
>> but leaving some more space for the commit message and the file list.
> Yeah, that's the awful UI I was talking about. Everyone knows what a checkbox means on platforms and can read the explanatory text to learn how to use the UI. No one knows what a small icon is for, and so won't be able to learn how to use it unless they already know. Which is a checkbox and which is an action? A UI is supposed to be intuitive.

I recently noticed the new and noteworthy screenshots as well, and I
think that the icons might be a little too obscure to be of real use.
I believe that introducing the checkboxes in a 2x2 grid would've
reduced the space taken up by 50% which should be a good enough

Alex, you mentioned a bug report. Can you please link to it? I hope
that even though we're going to ship 1.0 with the current Commit
Dialog layout there is room for discussion on its future form.



> Frankly the UI for EGit's commits sucks in the name of "needing more space for the commit message". I mean really? Scrolling is a technique when these things overflow - what you've saved is maybe one or two lines and made it significantly worse for the new user, not to mention breaking style guidelines and consistency with every other version control commit dialog.
> No doubt it's too late to do anything about it now; maybe it wasn't when I raised the bug about it earlier on. But I will say it on record that my belief is that this was a badly executed change (from a UX perspective) with minimal benefit (optimising for a specific case when there is between old-new lines of text shown).
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