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Re: Some basic ideas for Ubuntu TV.


On Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 2:49 PM, Bruno Girin <brunogirin@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 28/11/11 20:55, Ian Santopietro wrote:
> What about taking a cue from existing set-top boxes (i.e. DirectTV)?
> Absolutely! A TV is used and viewed very differently from a desktop: you are
> further away from the screen, it uses a simplistic interface (remote), no
> keyboard or mouse, no touch. It can support unusual interfaces as well such
> as game pads, Kinect or the Wiimote but those are optional. Set-top box
> vendors have spent a lot of time and effort producing TV interfaces over the
> years so we could do worth than taking cues from those guys. MythTV and game
> console interfaces can also be used as inspiration. Here are the basic
> points I can think of:
> Navigation should be possible using only a 4-direction pad and an OK button,
> Data entry should be avoided as much as possible, PIN entry is OK but
> anything more complicated would be a pain,
> Everything should be readable from afar (so large fonts are a must) and
> highlights very obvious,
> If a screen has UI controls, one of them should be highlighted by default so
> that users know where they are,
> No mouse cursor, no right click, no tooltips when hovering over a control,
> No windows per se (as it would be a pain to use with a remote) so everything
> maximised or tiled.
> My £0.02.
> Cheers,
> Bruno
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