[mythtv] Estetic feelings of changset 22580

Johnny Stenback mythtv-dev at jstenback.com
Sun Oct 25 18:13:32 UTC 2009

Just adding my two cents here. I'm in favor of the new behavior, but I 
think the text '%|"SUBTITLE|"% %STARS% %DESCRIPTION%' that flashes on 
the bottom part of the screen confuses users more than anything. I've 
noticed that that text also shows up in cases where a frontend is unable 
to communicate correctly with a backend (due to me messing with it or 
what not), and if that's useful (which I'd say it probably rarely is), 
then it should only be drawn once mythtv draws the list that's likely 
empty, but not right away as the dialog opens.

Nick Morrott wrote:
>> 2009/10/24 Chris Pinkham<cpinkham at bc2va.org>:
> 2009/10/24 Warpme<warpme at o2.pl>:
>>> I think you're in the minority. It sounds like you'd prefer to see
>>> no response whatsoever from hitting the Watch Recordings menu option
>>> until we can draw the screen with data. Numerous people have commented
>>> about the delay in displaying this screen because there was no visual
>>> feedback at all that the screen was loading until the time that it
>>> actually displayed.
>> Well, basically I fully agree with remark related to no visual feedback.
>> Indeed many users prompted me that this is somehow misleading.
>> But current solution, where feedback is done by drawing  empty screen is
>> subjectively worse than original behavior.
>> Ideally will be to have "Please wait" or something similar.
> I would suggest it could display "Retrieving Recordings..." or "Please
> Wait..." so that it is consistent with starting LiveTV. I'm not sure
> which approach would give the better end user experience - drawing
> empty UI screens and then filling them, or having it display a message
> and then redrawing all at once when the data is available. I am sure
> it will be the opposite of whoever does decide through!
> On a related issue, is there are reason why the LiveTV "Please
> Wait...." waiting text has 4 periods, and not 3 or an ellipsis char?
> Saw mpt talk on usability yesterday, so this niggle is still in my
> head.
> Cheers,
> Nick

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