[Design] Floating timezones
stearns at osafoundation.org
Fri Jan 6 12:00:22 PST 2006
+1 to all of Philippe's summation.
Philippe Bossut wrote:
> So it seems clear now thanks to Grant and Jeffrey analysis that iCal
> doesn't do item TZ modification when changing the pref and neither
> should we. Good.
> Jeffrey Harris wrote:
>> Do we really want timezone UI to be invisible by default? Even if there
>> are dissenters, I think more than 50% of our target users will regularly
>> use time zones, how do we help them discover the time zone features if
>> they're hidden by default?
> This is the problem with prefs in general (discoverability). We
> already had a similar discussion when discussing prefs in general on
> the dev list in November
> with wildely differing views. I think we agreed on saying that
> preferences are useful but we shouldn't hide important critical data
> in them.
> In this particular instance, I think that people motivated by TZ will
> go check the prefs though (as they do in iCal). However, that also
> means that the default behavior should be consistent with other apps
> and the system and that we should use the system local TZ (as iCal
> does) rather than floating (which is a rather unusual setting). I
> think most people assume that system wide prefs are used as
> appropriate by all apps.
> - Philippe
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