[mythtv-users] reprise: improve frontend usability: working with a slick remote
linux.luser at myrealbox.com
Wed Mar 28 14:52:56 UTC 2007
On 28 Mar 2007, at 14:05, Phil Bridges wrote:
> On 3/27/07, Stroller <linux.luser at myrealbox.com> wrote:
>> I also like this idea. I don't see the point of 30+ buttons on a
>> remote, when you already have the TV available to use as a UI.
> What do I do if I have the display off because I'm using MythMusic?
Ummm... well, as much as I'm glad you've illustrated the importance
of choice, what can you use 30 buttons for when listening to music?
The left-right-up-down & play-pause buttons ought to be enough for
skipping forward through the playlist a track or two, zooming ahead
through the instrumental sections and adjusting the volume.
Hamony owners will now trounce me by explaining how their remotes
have genre buttons labelled "country", "western", "jazz" and "trance"
which appear contextually only when music is played, but I don't see
how the 26 "skip", "freeze frame", "teletext", "red", "blue",
"green", "yellow", "radio", "VCR" and 0 to 9 buttons could be _fully_
utilised without an on-screen display.
Better to have the menu button on the 6-button remote bring up the TV
if you need to edit the current playlist or adjust the graphic
equaliser. A "done" button in MythMusic could blank the screen out
again as you wish.
I am not saying that this paradigm should be imposed on all users,
just that choice is good. I guess one way to support the Microsoft
SideShow remotes might be to write a utility that can use the screen
as a web-browser. That way users could use MythWeb to customise the
control layout on the screen as they wish <http://www.mythtv.co.nz/
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