Forum OpenACS Development: Re: .LRN user interface design
Quick feedback, please. We want to start coding tomorrow ...
Just my two cents.
You're right, it does connotate error more than confirmation, currently.
Just for background, this current redesign is co-funded by MIT and Collaboraid, and the funds are quite limited.
Should be quite easy to have different message categories rendered differently with CSS right? even the image. Not for this round but for the future.
I am really happy to see this change, it's quite badly needed (yes, we always complain that the look is not as important as the underlying architecture but many decision makers are convinced more by the looks, like it or not).
We would need to change the message stuff to track a message type as well (maybe message, warning, error or something like that) to be able to decide what css class to use.
The multiple icons/colors/message types was actually something we had on our wish-list, along with other things like cooking up a few pre-defined color schemes, or going more deeply into the applications.
So we've had to do everything we could to limit scope. Specifically, we've stuck to just 3 pages: My Space, a list-builder page, and a form-builder page (both taken from file-storage, but that's not terribly important). And we've limited ourselves to one version of everything. And no deep IA changes, or application pages.
So brainstorming about what we could also do is helpful for future reference, if anyone should find the funding/time to continue the work at any point in the future.
Right now, the most valuable input would be ways to simplify what we have ...
The message bar is for direct feedback on the action the user just took. There's a causal relationship. You do something, then you see the message which confirms that you did something.
I'm afraid we'll be confusing matters if we use that same location/shape/color for other purposes.
What do other people think?