Interface question

stephen barncard stephenREVOLUTION2 at barncard.com
Tue Dec 22 13:56:19 EST 2009


I've used a special, fixed font popup plain text field for entry.


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Stephen Barncard
San Francisco
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2009/12/22 J. Landman Gay <jacque at hyperactivesw.com>

> I've got another interface problem I can't decide how to solve, maybe some
> of you have ideas.
>
> I have an app that creates various printouts. These are all hard-coded;
> i.e., the end user never sees the templates and can't change them. In the
> app's preferences, though, they are allowed to add custom header and footer
> text that will appear on each printout. This info is entered into fields in
> the prefs stack. They can also set the tabstops by moving little sliding
> arrows, so that they can control the text placement in each header or footer
> by adding and positioning tabs.
>
> Because the prefs stack is much smaller than the print template stacks, the
> text entry fields are also not as wide. To give the user a way to visualize
> how their tabstops will look, the textsize in the entry fields is very
> small. This gives the right ratio between field width and text size, so that
> they get a fairly accurate idea of the text placement in the header or
> footer as they slide the tabstops around.
>
> So now the client says the text is too small to read easily (which is true)
> and he'd like it legible. Problem is, if I increase the text size, the
> relative ratio of the tabstops will not be accurate and the fields will not
> display the relative text placement correctly.
>
> I need a clever idea on how to display accurate text positioning while
> maintaining legibility. I've thought of a few things, but nothing I like.
> Tooltips that show what the text says might be one way, but I don't really
> like that much.
>
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> HyperActive Software           |     http://www.hyperactivesw.com
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