increasing the usability of search dialogs

Aaron J. Seigo aseigo at
Mon May 15 11:00:21 BST 2006

On Monday 15 May 2006 03:18, Thomas Zander wrote:
> > the problem with the find dialog is that it creates a window that needs
> > to be moved around to see the results and requires moving between two
> > visual contexts when using them. it's pretty sub-par.
> Hmm, my dialogs always move when the search result ends up under the
> dialog. I'm wondering why yours don't that you see this as a problem ;)

by "needs to be moved around" i meant that it needs to be moved around (to 
state the obvious ;) ... yes, it is moved programmatically when possible but 
an automagically roaming dialog is far from perfect. it's distracting, 
it's "magic" behaviour since it doesn't happen as a result of the usual user 
action that causes window movement and, while it "solves" the problem, it 
doesn't look overly polished.

the in-window dialog can solve this. but as i noted we'd need to make it stand 
out properly so it doesn't get "lost" in the window and make interaction 
obvious (e.g. label the close button, which konversation does)

Aaron J. Seigo
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