UI changes

Larry Fish larry.s.fish at gmail.com
Mon Aug 13 18:22:16 EDT 2007

While I believe Sean stated in the past that he is color blind, is there
perhaps the chance that while the change in text signifies the status that
it could be color coded as well?

(Hope its ok to respond on here, been just trying to see what's going on
since this program is amazing and I keep trying to turn more people onto


-----Original Message-----
From: devel-bounces at pidgin.im [mailto:devel-bounces at pidgin.im] On Behalf Of
Sean Egan
Sent: Monday, August 13, 2007 3:17 PM
To: Mattias Eriksson
Cc: devel at pidgin.im
Subject: Re: UI changes

On 8/13/07, Mattias Eriksson <snaggen at acc.umu.se> wrote:
> However the chat window change for 2.1 doesn't feel optimal, there are a
> lot of redundant information in the window with the nick in the tab,
> just below the tab.

Of course, this is only redundant if you have both tabs and the
"infopane" turned on. ;)

> I saw on planet pidgin that someone tried to get rid of the status icon
> in the tabs by replacing them with some text formating instead. I think
> this is a step back since it would break the consistency with the buddy
> list. The user would then have to learn another concept for status and I
> think that would only add confusion.

This is, of course, the obvious downside to this proposal. The
question is whether that cost - a new learning curve - is greater or
less than the benefit of more tabs.

>From my very unscientific testing (showing
http://pidgin.im/~seanegan/tabs.png to people who haven't seen it
before and asking them what they think it means), it seems that the
cost is not very much (people tend to understand it right away), and
the benefits, as you can see in http://pidgin.im/~seanegan/blog) are


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