I think that a possible improvement to these toggle buttons which apparently do nothing, would be to show a message in the bottom bar (what's the name of it?). This would offer more information to users who don't know the use of the button (even if they can get the information reading the tooltip, this would be a small improvement for them) and it wouldn't get in the middle of users who already know what the button does. Plus, it looks to me like something easy to implement.


On 11/7/05, Jon A. Cruz <jon@...1271......> wrote:

On Nov 6, 2005, at 7:50 PM, MenTaLguY wrote:

> On Sun, 2005-11-06 at 15:34 -0400, bulia byak wrote:
>> failing to read the tooltip
> Evidently a significant proportion of users do not hover over the
> widget
> long enough to see/read the tooltip.
> I'm not sure what the solution is, but it's a problem because the
> consequences of toggling the control are not otherwise immediately
> apparent.

Well, what I've seen in a lot of programs depends on if we can
determine this is a cause for confusion. If we can detect the state
at runtime, popping up a warning dialog with a "don't show me this
again" checkbox is one good solution. For this case, we could detect
things either when the button was toggled, or after a drag with the
situation that may be confusing. It would, of course, be a balance
between how many users would be saved from themselves versus how many
other users would be unnecessarily annoyed by it.

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