Re: ftp and Nautilus

On Thu, 2004-05-20 at 21:39, Manuel Amador (Rudd-O) wrote:

> Dialog 1 could use radio buttons instead of check boxes:
> ( ) Try to log in without a password
> ( ) Log in with a user account
>    Username:    [         ]
>    Password:    [         ]
> to correctly denote to the user that each operation is mutually
> exclusive.

Yes, although it's a bit 'busier' I'd agree this is probably
functionally clearer (and it's actually more like the 'Add Network
Place' dialog we designed for JDS a while back... I guess I should have
looked at that again first :)  Placing the anonymous login option first
also makes sense if that's going to be the default/more frequently-used
option.  I'd be happy to go with something along these lines.

This design also still lends itself to hiding both radio buttons and
just leaving the username/password fields visible, if we were to try and
detect the (non-)availability of anonymous login before showing the
dialog as some people have suggested.  However I have to admit I'm
dubious about that idea myself.  It must inevitably lead to an
additional delay before the dialog is displayed, which is rarely a good
way to enhance usability, and wouldn't it also temporarily use up an FTP
connection (possibly even the last available one) that somebody else
could be using?


CALUM BENSON, Usability Engineer       Sun Microsystems Ireland
mailto:calum benson sun com            Java Desktop System Group                      +353 1 819 9771

Any opinions are personal and not necessarily those of Sun Microsystems

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