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comment How to effectively communicate to the user that a status will periodically refresh
It represents part of the status. See the mockup above.
Jun
26
comment How to effectively communicate to the user that a status will periodically refresh
So, say the timing is consistent. Is there a good way to integrate the animated timer concept without it becoming too confusing that there are two meter-like controls?
Jun
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revised How to effectively communicate to the user that a status will periodically refresh
tweaked mockup
Jun
25
comment How to effectively communicate to the user that a status will periodically refresh
@UlrichSchwarz This thing is generally going to be updating every 5-15 seconds. The status is actually a couple of lines (and part of it is actually in the bar); I just shortened it for the question.
Jun
25
comment How to effectively communicate to the user that a status will periodically refresh
Unfortunately, rate-limiting is in place in this system. Will users still be happy with a "Refresh now" button that appears to refresh but really does nothing?
Jun
25
comment How to effectively communicate to the user that a status will periodically refresh
So I didn't include it in the question (in order to make it more general), but in my situation, I have a last updated timestamp and a loading animation, but I still can't figure out how to easily inform the user that it will be refreshed automatically in a few seconds.
Jun
25
comment How to effectively communicate to the user that a status will periodically refresh
Unfortunately, the control is more of a meter than a progress bar, so won't be always increasing. Think of it like a CPU meter or something. It's important to let users know that it's refreshing automatically, really -- that they don't have to manually refresh.
Jun
25
comment How to effectively communicate to the user that a status will periodically refresh
There might be an issue with two progress-bar-like controls in the same area. @micap brought up a good point below -- what if I just wanted to communicate that it will periodically refresh, not necessarily that it will always refresh every Z seconds?
Jun
25
revised How to effectively communicate to the user that a status will periodically refresh
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asked How to effectively communicate to the user that a status will periodically refresh
Dec
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comment Appropriate Icon for “Load” Button?
Also, this isn't an imperative step in the application (it's a tool that can be used optionally), so I'm thinking the exclamation mark is a little too demanding.
Dec
30
comment Appropriate Icon for “Load” Button?
Also, see my comment on Tony's answer about my hesitation in using the open folder icon.
Dec
30
comment Appropriate Icon for “Load” Button?
@dnbrv What about the same icon without the downward triangle? (Also, only being half-serious: if it gets them to click it...)
Dec
30
comment Appropriate Icon for “Load” Button?
It's not really filtering, just loading in data from one of several source options...
Dec
30
comment Appropriate Icon for “Load” Button?
@tajmo see my edits above
Dec
30
revised Appropriate Icon for “Load” Button?
added enabled combobox
Dec
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comment Appropriate Icon for “Load” Button?
@tajmo The combo box is disabled with nothing in it (that's why it's grayed out)
Dec
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comment Appropriate Icon for “Load” Button?
Hmm, I like this concept...