Ryan Thomson wrote:
>> If you can summarize your thoughts about the UI in a bulleted list and
>> just send it out would be better.
> Ok, here goes:
> * The context sensitive search and great and intuitive but it may also
> be useful to have a global search that can return results from more
> than one context. Say I want to find all records that relate to
> "ryan", I could perform a global search on this term and get results
> from user accounts, automounts, groups, HBACs, etc. all on the same
> page Right now, I'd have to search for "ryan" several times on several
> pages, making note of search results from each page to keep track of
> all of it.
> * The button labels are logical to me but perhaps "View" or "Show" are
> better labels for the current "Retrieve" button, although this is
> entirely minor and it is certainly not a problem to understand the
> functionality of the button as-is. Consider this mostly irrelevant.
> * I like the double-click to "Retrieve" functionality. It's minor but
> helps reduce the amount of mouse movement necessary to view a record
> in detail and makes the UI more desktop-like.
> * When viewing a record, the "Close" button is on the far right and
> the "Update" and "Delete" buttons are on the left. I like how that
> keeps the action buttons separate from the non-action buttons.
> However, in the "Update" page, the "Cancel" button is on the left and
> the "Update" button is on the right. It's just a minor layout thing,
> but keeping the action and non-action buttons on the same side for
> every page would be more consistent. I found my mouse going to the
> wrong side sometimes as a result of this, depending on whether I was
> viewing or updating data.
> * Sorting by column is a good must-have feature for when looking at a
> lot of records. Can we expect this functionality to be extended to all
> columns that will eventually be displayed? It appears right now that
> more columns will be used in the future to display more information
> about each record without having to "retrieve" it and thus extending
> the column sorting to all columns would be useful.
> * I don't mind the switching between list and view modes as it
> currently is but I could potentially be faster to navigate the records
> by having both list and view visible at the same time. You could just
> perform a single click on the list to update the view with whatever
> record was clicked on. I don't know if this would make the best use of
> screen real-estate or not and I don't really have a strong opinion on
> it either way right now.
> * If the separate of list/view model is maintained, all the empty
> white space currently on the view/update pages could be used to
> display context-sensitive help and detailed descriptions of each
> field. This would not only help administrators determine the correct
> fields in which to enter the necessary details, but also provide
> information on the expected format of the input or even a list of
> valid inputs for fields where the input is only going to be one of
> several possible values. Right now, I'm finding myself having to look
> up the Administration guide a bunch to remember exactly what each
> field represents and what to enter into that field to produce my
> desired end result. Of course, some fields are obvious simply by their
> label, but not all of them currently are.
> I applaud the overall effort thus far but I fear I'm the wrong person
> to be asking for HCI/UI feedback so hopefully more people are sending
> their ideas, suggestions and feedback as well!
>> Thank you again for you help and interest.
> No problem ;)
> --Ryan
This is a great feedback!
Thank you for your time!

Thank you,
Dmitri Pal

Engineering Manager IPA project,
Red Hat Inc.

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