Type message here... and Send button absence
steven.w.j.brown at gmail.com
Wed Aug 15 17:08:46 EDT 2007
Marc Ferguson wrote:
> I'm curious as to what were the reasons some people gave you for
> needing a send button. Also; the idea about putting default "starter"
> text in the input box is a great idea!
One person was basically used to using a Send button on MSN's official
client, I think. He said that he knew lots of people that the absence
of the Send button drives crazy, as every non-mac client has this. Not
a very compelling, I know.
Some screenshots of MSN Live Messenger
Then my friend pointed out that mac clients usually have a single
text-input line, which makes it more obvious that enter will 'propagate
the text up' as one reason a Send button is not needed. For multi-line
inputs, this is not as obvious. For most cases multi-line inputs
appear, Enter inserts a line-break. Web forms (can't get much more
ubiquitous), for example. But in the context of chatting, it obviously
makes more sense to make Enter send the message and shift-Enter to
insert line breaks, as that's less common.
These were comments on my blog:
I think having the starter text solves both problems elegantly:
completely justifying there being no Send button (I can't see anyone
complaining about it when the UI is telling them how to Send), and the
breaking consistency of multi-line inputs and the behaviour of the Enter
key. It also has the benefit of making it ridiculously obvious for a
first time user how to chat when faced with an empty conversation window.
Since there seems to be a little interest, I'll file a bug/enhancement. :)
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