[sip-comm-dev] Chat window design


#1

Hey all,

I'd like to open a discussion with you all about the current chat window's
look. I feel like some margins are really big and takes a lot of place that
could be used to display more useful content. I understand that some margin
are needed to avoid the feeling of an overloaded interface but in my opinion
these margins are currently a little bit too big. I also feel like the
toolbox just under the menu is not so useful and that these functions should
perhaps being some menu items. The right panel displaying some informations
about the contact we're currently talking to are also taking too much space
IMHO. I'd like to know what you are thinking about it and if someone has
planned to change it?

What do you think?

Ben


#2

Hey again,

I've made a little screenshot to quickly illustrate the margin that seems to
be a little bit too big to me (in red) and the tool bar that are using a lot
of space but that I nearly never use (in blue).

Hope that helps the discussion,

Ben


#3

Hi Ben,

thanks for bringing the question! Actually I'm working on some improvements of the chat window right now and your thoughts are really precious for me. I agree with all you're saying and I was working in the same direction. I'm now removing the right panel (the one containing the contact info) for all single chats and replacing it by a a photo in the toolbar area (will commit soon, so you'll be able to give your opinion on this one). Otherwise, for the waste of space, I propose that we reduce the size of font buttons and of course remove the additional surrounding space. Another thing that is previewed is remove all unused buttons from the above toolbar, change its style and something that Lubo has suggested me offline to add the possibility to hide it (like this is done in some Mac applications).

We may not be able to implement all improvements at once, but any thoughts on this one are more than appreciated and will be taken into account during the implementation:)

Cheers,
Yana

Benoit Pradelle wrote:

···

Hey all,

I'd like to open a discussion with you all about the current chat window's
look. I feel like some margins are really big and takes a lot of place that
could be used to display more useful content. I understand that some margin
are needed to avoid the feeling of an overloaded interface but in my opinion
these margins are currently a little bit too big. I also feel like the
toolbox just under the menu is not so useful and that these functions should
perhaps being some menu items. The right panel displaying some informations
about the contact we're currently talking to are also taking too much space
IMHO. I'd like to know what you are thinking about it and if someone has
planned to change it?

What do you think?

Ben

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#4

Hi Yana,

I'm glad that I could help ! All the solutions you propose to solve these
problems sound really great, I look forward to seeing them implemented ! Of
course if you need help for this I can help too.

Cheers,

Ben

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2008/10/27 Yana Stamcheva <yana@sip-communicator.org>

Hi Ben,

thanks for bringing the question! Actually I'm working on some improvements
of the chat window right now and your thoughts are really precious for me. I
agree with all you're saying and I was working in the same direction. I'm
now removing the right panel (the one containing the contact info) for all
single chats and replacing it by a a photo in the toolbar area (will commit
soon, so you'll be able to give your opinion on this one). Otherwise, for
the waste of space, I propose that we reduce the size of font buttons and of
course remove the additional surrounding space. Another thing that is
previewed is remove all unused buttons from the above toolbar, change its
style and something that Lubo has suggested me offline to add the
possibility to hide it (like this is done in some Mac applications).

We may not be able to implement all improvements at once, but any thoughts
on this one are more than appreciated and will be taken into account during
the implementation:)

Cheers,
Yana

Benoit Pradelle wrote:

Hey all,

I'd like to open a discussion with you all about the current chat window's
look. I feel like some margins are really big and takes a lot of place
that
could be used to display more useful content. I understand that some
margin
are needed to avoid the feeling of an overloaded interface but in my
opinion
these margins are currently a little bit too big. I also feel like the
toolbox just under the menu is not so useful and that these functions
should
perhaps being some menu items. The right panel displaying some
informations
about the contact we're currently talking to are also taking too much
space
IMHO. I'd like to know what you are thinking about it and if someone has
planned to change it?

What do you think?

Ben

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