>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.
*This has at least removed the status responsibility from the button.