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Re: [TSVN] TortoiseSVN looses comments when commit fails.

From: Thomas Hruska <thruska_at_cubiclesoft.com>
Date: 2005-10-05 00:21:28 CEST

h.larsen@risoe.dk wrote:
> Why make simple things complicated?
> henning

Because that is what programmers do.
Normal people, such as user interface designers, try to keep us in line.

No offense, but your suggestion has already been suggested and Stefan
shot it down in another part of the thread and I agree with the
decision. If it was implemented:

What would something pre-selected in the combo box mean?
Do I have to copy and paste it? Press Enter?
There is no button to click. So, what happens with the pre-selected text?
Would you describe the confusing combo box with static text?
If the combo box were described in the help file, would anyone read it?

Even by user interface industry standards, the current combo box setup
is poorly designed. Describing how to use it with static text would
make it worse. Nobody is going to read the help file on a simple combo
box. Making the change you specified would be horrendous to try to
determine the rules for programming to when, where, and how insertion
takes place let alone the confusion users would and already have.

As a rule of thumb, programmers are _generally_ lousy user interface
designers. After the first line of code, it takes years of effort to
learn how to become a user again. And some never become a user again.
I've been developing software for 17 years...and I'm only just
_starting_ to see the light. Asking tough questions about each user
interface element makes me consider hundreds of designs I wouldn't think
of otherwise.

Thomas Hruska
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