RE: Displaying Status on a Button

10 Aug 2004 - 2:04pm
10 years ago
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Jon-Eric Steinbomer
2003

Eric Svoboda Wrote:

>I have to agree with Jim that a pull-down (or similar element) would be
>standard here. Of course, if you have just 3-4 selections, a radio
>button group would be nice.
>
>I think you feel uneasy because your current design in non-standard.
>Buttons generally don't show status just as status displays generally
>aren't controls. Elements like the pull-down and radio button group
>offer both status display and control.
>
>Could you maybe share a screen shot with us?
>
>
Here's a screenshot of a simplified version
http://www.fracta.com/ixd/images/status_button.jpg
My only sticking point with a drop-down is that as you can see on the
screenshot, a distribution type needs to be selected along with
associated parameters for that type. So a drop-down alone would not be
enough to launch the settings dialogue. Perhaps a drop-down and a button
next to it labeled "settings"...

The somewhat hacked solution that has been put in place as of today is
to show the text box and value, then to the right of the text box a
static label that reads "gaussian" etc. (value type), and then the
button with just an image of a generic distribution, shown here:
http://www.fracta.com/ixd/images/status_button_hack.jpg* *which opens
the settings dialogue.
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*This has at least removed the status responsibility from the button.

----Thanks for everyone's input
Jon-Eric
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11 Aug 2004 - 12:11pm
cfmdesigns
2004

Jon-Eric Steinbomer <je at fracta.com> writes:

>Here's a screenshot of a simplified version
>http://www.fracta.com/ixd/images/status_button.jpg
>My only sticking point with a drop-down is that as you can see on
>the screenshot, a distribution type needs to be selected along with
>associated parameters for that type. So a drop-down alone would not
>be enough to launch the settings dialogue. Perhaps a drop-down and a
>button next to it labeled "settings"...

It may be because of your simplification, but the design of your
dialog leaves a lot to be desired. "Gaussian" is placed as some sort
of units of Thickness, with the Settings button lingering to the side
for who knows what; it is presumably a label which changes, and maybe
the button image does as well.

Better possibilities might be found in including the settings values
in the main dialog, if they are as minimal as your example shows.
Possibly including them with a control which shows/hides them -- one
o' them thar "Advanced" toggles -- if they are unlikely to be changed
often or even need to be viewed.

My take away from this is (1) knowing what type of distribution is
used is very important to the user and (2) changing the type or the
specific settings is rare, but (3) knowing the type without knowing
the settings may be a problem. And thus, you want easy value
inspection without the presence of the values dominating the layout.
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11 Aug 2004 - 2:19pm
Jon-Eric Steinbomer
2003

Jim Drew Wrote:

>It may be because of your simplification, but the design of your
>dialog leaves a lot to be desired. "Gaussian" is placed as some sort
>of units of Thickness, with the Settings button lingering to the side
>for who knows what; it is presumably a label which changes, and maybe
>the button image does as well.
>
>
I completely agree that this is not an optimal solution. The ambiguity
of the meaning of the image has convinced me that an iconic button is
simply not the way to go at all here and it should be replaced with a
much simpler (and obvious) text button.

-Jon-Eric

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