Embedded objects in fields

Charles Hartman charles.hartman at conncoll.edu
Mon Jul 4 17:30:11 EDT 2005


Oh, I think as a generalization that makes excellent sense. In this  
particular case, it may or may not. This is a straight, lame, read- 
this-card tutorial app; some cards are too long not to scroll  
(already less than ideal from a UI standpoint, but I don't want to  
make the stack as big as the biggest card, or keep changing the  
stack's size, and many cards are such clear logical units they can't  
be broken up without creating conceptual confusion). A few cards have  
special go-here-for-more-information buttons, and those buttons are  
logically attached to particular pieces of the text.

Within that framework, I don't see how to do otherwise than the bit  
whose ugliness you're quite right to point out. Of course the whole  
framework may be screwy -- but that's a very large question about the  
design & efficacy of on-screen tutorials.

Charles Hartman


On Jul 4, 2005, at 5:18 PM, Dan Shafer wrote:

> Just my two cents -- and it's a holiday here so my brain may be  
> otherwise engaged -- I think putting buttons into scrolling fields  
> is a terrible UI idea. By definition, it puts certain functionality  
> out of the reach of the user until and unless s/he scrolls the  
> field. Lotus NOtes allowed this and every time I saw an app  
> designed to take advantage of it, users got confused.
>
> I suspect I feel the same way about buttons in scrolling GROUPS.  
> Interactive functionality needs to be where users  
> can...well...interact with it, no?
>
> Dan (who fears he's probably started another one of those "up your  
> opinion" threads that are so much fun)
>
>
> On Jul 4, 2005, at 8:14 AM, Charles Hartman wrote:
>
>
>>
>> On Jul 1, 2005, at 1:04 PM, Mathewson wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>>> I have just downloaded the SuperCard 4.5 demo and found
>>> they have a new feature:
>>>
>>> allowObjects
>>>
>>> this lets the user embed object (images and so on) inside
>>> FIELDS:
>>>
>>> WOW - I would love scrolling text fields with pictures!
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>> -- and buttons! (At the moment I'm doing this is a non-scrolling  
>> field inside a scrolling group, but aside from being tedious that  
>> has other disadvantages, such as the scroll-wheel not working right.)
>>
>> Charles Hartman
>>
>>
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Charles Hartman
Professor of English, Poet in Residence
Connecticut College
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