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Mar
23
comment Modern Alternative to Tree View for Hierarchical Data
I just briefed it to the team (man that took a while), and it was well received. It scratched the itch for the laptop/tablet environment. Part of what took so long was the fact I had to apply it to our data and there were some other features I had to include in the tree view. Those are specific to my app so it doesn't change the fact this was the best answer for what I needed.
Mar
13
comment Modern Alternative to Tree View for Hierarchical Data
NOTE: I'm still preparing for the design review meeting before I accept an answer or not. A couple things came up that are taking my time at the moment.
Mar
13
comment Modern Alternative to Tree View for Hierarchical Data
@Blam, why not write that up as a potential answer? I have Windows users, so that's not something common in Windows desktop applications. I'm having a hard time envisioning what you mean by hierarchical comboboxes, and how you would see data in neighboring nodes.
Mar
13
comment Modern Alternative to Tree View for Hierarchical Data
@Blam, without the changes in the answer below the clickable targets are too small with a traditional tree view. The area taking 2/3 of the screen is affected by the configuration going on in the panel on the right. The user needs to see how the configuration changes directly affect what they see.
Mar
12
comment Modern Alternative to Tree View for Hierarchical Data
A lot of merit to this approach. In my case, I would display the top level configuration items completely collapsed. Also some good reminders about being effective.
Mar
12
comment Modern Alternative to Tree View for Hierarchical Data
For most configuration sections: 10s of items. For a small number of config sections it will be 100s of items.
Mar
12
comment Modern Alternative to Tree View for Hierarchical Data
It's n-level, but 4 levels in most cases. Config section->group->file->child. Groups can have subgroups, but in practice it shouldn't go more than 5-6 levels overall. Some groups can have hundreds of sub-items. Total number of items depends on what the user loads, but potentially close to 10,000 items the user can interact with. Search will have to be an integral feature. It's the browsing structure I'm having trouble with.
Mar
12
comment Modern Alternative to Tree View for Hierarchical Data
Technically it's no longer an accordion when you do that. I can go with "expanders" in WPF speak (wpftutorial.net/Expander.html) But that also met with luke-warm responses.
Mar
15
comment Need a better way to list events
That's another quite useful view.
Feb
24
comment Magic meaning of Apply button on a form
I've seen a couple dialog boxes that have a [Reset] button that at least gets you to some defaults if you royally mess things up.
Feb
23
comment Is it okay to open a help link in a new window?
Note, the options listed above are in order from easiest to implement to the most difficult/time consuming.
Feb
23
comment How to make it obvious when filtering by time
What's wrong with having the time slice end at the "Present"? That is a reasonable expectation that the user will have. In short, the end time of the time slice is always evaluated for the current request. Any time pickers that don't allow you to pick "Present", "Current", "Now" or whatever you want to call it is where you need to fix the UI.
Feb
22
comment Should I use a banner-like or logo-like header in this website I'm designing? (based on aestetics and ui-design principles)
Understood; however, my point had to do with finding that balance. Taking the bannerless option removes all the fun he wants to convey. As is, it is too busy.
Feb
22
comment Should I use a banner-like or logo-like header in this website I'm designing? (based on aestetics and ui-design principles)
You must really like people, you've got it listed twice :)
Feb
18
comment Apply the legibility principles to screen reading
google.com/search?q=typography+web+vs+print NOTE: the biggest difference between web and print is designing for the availability of fonts on the client's machine. The WebFont CSS standard helps address that problem, though.
Feb
18
comment How to indicate that something has changed on a form
Some colors are worse than others, and the amount of area you are strobing also has an effect. When in doubt, you can use this tool: trace.wisc.edu/peat
Feb
18
comment Apply the legibility principles to screen reading
I think you'll find more similarities than differences. The differences you will find have to do with the screen being illuminated from behind vs. light reflecting off a page. If you do a little research with polling people, I'd recommend a couple control samples that really exemplify bad design. This will help you determine if the user simply understates their reactions.
Feb
18
comment Ideal column width for paragraphs online
Is it really character specific, or are these numbers based on some assumptions about media distance and text size? Someone with a 30" wide format screen is sitting fairly close. Even when the desk is 36" deep (~ 1m), the eye will have to scan a good distance. You can set the font size large enough so that you are technically following the guidelines but still taking up the whole screen. I'm thinking it's not just the number of characters at work here.
Feb
18
comment What is the optimal placement for the RSS icon? is there any?
Pretty much. I think it is more recognized than there are users for it.
Feb
18
comment friendly version of date formats
It's also not correct. It's a pattern known and recognized by a lot of European countries, but us pesky Americans and people who think like us tend to want the month first. This fundamental disagreement is why localization was invented. Also, when the date is 03-02-2011 is it March 2 or February 3? Without another date where the day is higher than 12 the user may never know....