In this and other UI discussions going on, I would request that everyone keep 
in mind the usability of the software by people with visual and other 
impairments. The US Federal Government has guidelines referred to as “Section 
508” [1] which cover the design and usability of softwares specifically to 
ensure access for as many people as possible. Now, NiFi is not explicitly 
governed by these rules, but it seems to me that we should work towards 
accessibility from the beginning, not as a bolt-on effort.

In that vein, one of the simplest and easiest rules is “color is great as a 
secondary indicator, but should not be the *only* indicator”. In practice — 
changing the color of a connection to indicate back pressure is a great 
feature, but there should be another indicator of back pressure that does not 
require the ability to discern color.


Andy LoPresto
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> On Sep 20, 2016, at 8:28 AM, Andrew Grande <> wrote:
> I like the tooltip addition of yours.
> For more interactive feedback on the canvas I can immediately think of 2 
> items.
> 1. Indicator for when backpressure was configured on a connection (although 
> it's now always added by default, maybe less useful).
> 2. Changing the color of a connection when backpressure has engaged could go 
> a long way. Can go further, gradient color based on how close the connection 
> backlog is to triggering the backpressure controls. Immediately highlights 
> hotspots visually.
> Andrew
> On Tue, Sep 20, 2016, 9:40 AM Rob Moran < 
> <>> wrote:
> Andrew,
> Thanks for the feedback on the status bar. Separation between each item helps 
> but realize after your comments how it can not feel like a single, cohesive 
> group of items. We could probably tighten things up a bit.
> I think another part of this that could help would be to address some of the 
> discussion around awareness of stats updating. Being able to call more 
> attention (without being too intrusive) when stats change could help ease 
> some of the burden of having to routinely scan the status bar to look for 
> changes.
> Also related, I would like to see us get a tooltip that is seen when you 
> hover anywhere on the status bar. That tooltip would provide more descriptive 
> text about what each item means. It would help new users learn as well as 
> provide detail and follow-on action when something is alerted.
> Let's see what others think and then I can work on filing a jira to capture 
> thoughts.
> Rob
> On Mon, Sep 19, 2016 at 6:22 PM, Andrew Grande < 
> <>> wrote:
> Hi All,
> I'd like to provide some feedback on the NiFi 1.0 UI now that I had a chance 
> to use it for a while, as well as pass along what I heard directly from other 
> end users.
> Attached is a screenshot of a status bar right above the main flow canvas. 
> The biggest difference from the 0.x UI is how much whitespace it now has 
> between elements. To a point where it's not possible to quickly scan the 
> state with a glance.
> Does anyone have other opinions? Can we adjust things slightly so they are 
> easier on the eye an have less horizontal friction?
> Thanks!
> Andrew

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