Usability questions for Uploader

Eli Cochran eli at media.berkeley.edu
Tue Jul 15 18:46:23 UTC 2008


The file browsing dialog is controlled by the OS and we can't change  
its behavior.

- Eli "on vacation" Cochran


On Jul 15, 2008, at 1:58 PM, Daphne Ogle wrote:

>
> On Jul 15, 2008, at 7:03 AM, Justin wrote:
>
>> The pop-up version of the Uploader can be viewed here:
>> http://build.fluidproject.org/fluid/sample-code/uploader/pop-up/index.html
>>
>> The inline version of Uploader can be viewed here:
>> http://build.fluidproject.org/fluid/sample-code/uploader/inline/index.html
>>
>> I had two thoughts about the usability of Uploader.
>>
>> 1) The 'Add Files' button remains visible in the pop-up version, as  
>> it
>> is on the same page as the Uploader. This may cause confusion for the
>> user between the 'Add Files' button on the page and the 'Browse  
>> Files'
>> button on the Uploader.
>>
>> This may just be an issue with this example (i.e. the integrator may
>> have control over this)
> Good point!  I think this is something the integrator would control
> but our example should set a good example.  The Add files button
> should be disabled when the Uploader is initiated.  I'll add something
> to the design pattern where we talk about integration design
> suggestions.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> 2) After clicking the 'Add Files' button (pop-up version) or 'Browse
>> files" button (both versions) a modal OS file open dialog appears. It
>> makes sense to use a modal dialog here, as the user needs to make a
>> decision on files before continuing the interaction with the  
>> Uploader.
>> However, in a tabbed browsing environment, it will prevent the use of
>> any tabs in the browser. This means that a user who is flipping
>> between  tabs (e.g. to see what is already uploaded and deciding what
>> needs to be), won't be able to.
>>
>> I'm not sure if this is an option or not, it may be that the file  
>> open
>> dialog is only modal.
> This is a tricky one.  The trade-off to not making the dialog modal is
> the challenge with keeping track of the dialog (it gets hidden behind
> other windows and user loses track of where they were in the process
> for instance).  One of the benefits of the overlay dialog is the user
> isn't forced to leave their context to do the uploading so
> theoretically they can move the overlay around and be able to see what
> files are already in their current context.
>
> I'd be interested to hear the technical options here.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Please share your thoughts
>>
>>
>> Thanks
>> Justin
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> Daphne Ogle
> Senior Interaction Designer
> University of California, Berkeley
> Educational Technology Services
> daphne at media.berkeley.edu
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Eli Cochran
user interaction developer
ETS, UC Berkeley





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