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Re: Show all options for conflict resolution

From: C. Michael Pilato <cmpilato_at_collab.net>
Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2008 21:49:22 -0400

Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 13, 2008 at 7:39 PM, Blair Zajac <blair_at_orcaware.com> wrote:
>> Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:
>> > We originally showed all options, and it seemed simply overwhelming.
>> > So we took a clue from perforce (which has a really similar UI) and
>> > decided to show only the most common options for newbies.
>> > Intermediate users will look at the whole list to see more options,
>> > and advanced users just end up habituating to typing the letters they
>> > want without reading the prompt at all.
>> >
>> > I'd rather find a way to make the full list's availability more
>> > obvious, rather than flooding the novice with 10 options.
>>
>> OK. But showing h)elp to show more options seems poorly named. Does Perforce
>> do that to?
>
> Yep:
>
> Diff chunks: 4 yours + 2 theirs + 1 both + 1 conflicting
> Accept(a) Edit(e) Diff(d) Merge (m) Skip(s) Help(?) e:

That's a pretty sad UI. Would it have killed them to have:

    more Options(o)

?

I certainly think Subversion should. "Help" to me implies that you'll just
get the same data you've already seen at the prompt but with more words.
Never would I assume that "help" also hides additional operations.

-- 
C. Michael Pilato <cmpilato_at_collab.net>
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