[Design] Re: e-mail feature suggestion - msgs received recently
don at dondwiggins.net
Wed Dec 29 12:38:16 PST 2004
My take on this thread is that there's two people arguing about
_the best_ way to represent a particular attribute of some entity.
In passing, Philip mentions his IM client, whose developers
apparently didn't try to guess what that should be, but allowed
for alternatives, I guess via something like themes or plugins.
As a user, I like that approach: don't try to guess what's
meaningful to me, or what I would choose to represent with color
(or whether I'm color blind).
To enrich the available options: Philip says:
> Color does have one major advantage over other representations
> of information - it takes up no additional screen real estate.
This is also mostly true of font/face distinctions. You could use
bold, italic, type size, and/or font family distinctions to signal
values of some attribute. (E.g., new messages in 14 pt. bold
serif, very old messages in 6 pt. sans.)
Of course, this approach is costlier to implement than just wiring
in the developer's choice; I wouldn't expect to see it for Kibble.
-- Don Dwiggins I'm sorry for creating such a
complex design, don at dondwiggins.net but I didn't have time
to make a simple one. -- Hermann Püterschein
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