TB 17.0a2 -- UI consistency

Ludovic Hirlimann lhirlimann at mozilla.com
Thu Sep 27 15:52:31 UTC 2012

On 9/27/12 5:39 PM, Anne-Marie Bourcier wrote:
> Hello,
> reading through this email thread I don't resist in my quality of
> "end-user", to add to the conversation. I've checked what's called the
> Application Menu (btw why is this called Applications menu?) and I'd
> like to share my thoughts on this:
> - Changing the aging UI is probably a wise move and can keep TB
> looking "young" for a while,
> - replacing some of the current Menu bar content and place it under
> the AppMenu button sounds appealing. (I'm personally completely
> overwhelmed when I go through the current menus! remember I'm a
> "user"... not a developer - ad I don't give a cent to the Caracter
> Encoding, or Activity Manager :-) )...As long as we document somewhere
> that you can go back to your good old Menu bar with a right click;
> - In order to know if this AppMenu button is acceptable to a large
> number of users, a test would be really useful as each of us has a
> different view on the UI and the debate can last for few weeks
> - BUT I don't think that the actual AppMenu content/structure is
> appropriate... _from the perspective of a User_, it's very confusing
> and not logical (but you can argue this is MY opinion and I accept
> your comment here)
> - By consequence, I suggest the following:
>   * we take the current AppMenu content and call it Test A
>   * we reshuffle the content of the AppMenu and call it Test B (I've
>     suggestions already)
> And we (I with whoever wants to help) conduct 2 tests with 2 different
> groups of guinea pigs.
>     We check together it AppMenu A or AppMenu B gather more approvals
> than the other and then we retest the winner against more end-users.
>     If none of the AppMenu gets a positive scoring, then we have to
> decide what to do with this new UI proposal in TB17
> Having briefly discussed the point with Blake, I understand it might
> not be trivial but I think this is worth the pain.
We used user testing for that in the past and it worked quite well for
some things.

I'm worried that it's a  little bit late in the game to be able to make
it for 17.

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