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PSPP-BUG: [bug #24908] usability review / make the GUI more HIG-complian

From: Ben Pfaff
Subject: PSPP-BUG: [bug #24908] usability review / make the GUI more HIG-compliant
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2008 05:02:41 +0000
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Follow-up Comment #6, bug #24908 (project pspp):

> They are mockups intended to gauge your reaction, so I know what is
> considered "radical change" or not.

Your dialogs look nice to me.  (John Darrington is authoritative on
PSPPIRE though.)

> For example, the var_labs_dialog. This little fellow had me thinking
> for a while on how to actually make it more efficient to use (the
> current SPSS workflow of that dialog is crap, really) and easier to
> understand at a very quick glance.
> What I came up with is an "editable" listview. To have an idea what
> I'm talking about, you might want to try out applications such as
> Cowbell or Sound-juicer, which use that as a UI interaction mechanism.

It sounds very much to me like that would be a better interface.  I
don't think it would be too hard to implement, either.

> What do you think? I can think of stuff like that all over the place
> if you want, but that all depends if you are ready for that :)

For me, at least, my main problem with PSPP right now is lack of time.
So, I hope that you are willing to continue making suggestions even if
we don't act on them immediately.

> And then, in the end, you will be able to claim on the website
> "HIG-compliant user interface, better thought out and easier to use
> than SPSS! Also makes coffee!"

A cup of coffee sounds great right now :-)


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