So I've got a utility that really only needs to be ran internally, but I want the guys who use it to not complain about it all the time.
I don't think that style particularly matters to them either, so the font doesn't have to match the rest of the program.
This tree has 50,000 or so things in it and is something should streamline their job if they can use it right. That being said, it is often very difficult to find what you want in a tree with 50,000 things unless you get some hints from the font.
I'm using Softgem's VirtualTreeview for Delphi, so it's a pretty powerful thing, but my main tools are still:
- Bold, italic, strikethrough and underline.
- A tiny image that I can put on the left.
- I can prefix and suffix the text in the tree node with anything I want (although that can look confusing).
- and I can change the font size.
So I'm wondering, what graphical cues can indicate (In order of importance):
- Not Saved
That's a lot of stuff to communicate and it's not totally important if everything doesn't get through because the users can just rightclick on the node and it'll tell them what they need to know (but with 50,000 nodes that can be a lot of right clicking)