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Re: Lens filters should be displayed by default, and visibility should be remembered forever


I enthusiastically support this! As I just said in another message, it
would make the life of my small kid easier...



On Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 9:16 PM, Jo-Erlend Schinstad
<joerlend.schinstad@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> In lenses, it is not obvious what the filters do, if anything at all. It
> might be understood as the search phrase being the filter and that the
> results are the Filter results. From my testing, I don't think I've seen any
> user clicking on that text in order to display the filters. In order to make
> it easier for new-comers to explore and learn how things work, I propose the
> following;
> Filters should be displayed by default. That way, when the user first
> explores the system, he or she will immediately know what the filters do and
> that there are different filters for different lenses. This is important
> knowledge.
> The header should not only display "Filter results", but should also display
> a smaller "show" or "hide" the same way that categories do when you can show
> more results. This will make it more obvious what filters are and how to
> show or hide them.
> Some users prefer to browse applications by category. Those who do, should
> see the categories by default, and those who don't should understand how to
> hide them. It should not be necessary to keep displaying the categories
> every time you open the applications lens. Since the filters are displayed
> by default, if they are hidden, that means the user has understood how to
> show or hide them. Therefore, the visibility of the filters should be
> remembered forever on a per-lens basis. Having to repeat the same task over
> and over for no obvious reason, is very annoying. As long as the situation
> doesn't change, I should not be required to perform actions.
> Whether or not the selections in the filters pane should be remembered, I
> don't know. Whereas the filters visibility affects your general workflow,
> the actual filter selection is probably more temporary. If I open the
> calculator once, I'm not sure that means Accessories is an important enough
> category to require me to unselect it the next time I want to run something.
> For these reasons, I think I'd probably prefer that filter visibility is
> remembered forever, but the actual filter state be forgotten when the dash
> is closed.
> Thoughts?
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Paulo José da Silva e Silva
Professor Associado, Dep. de Ciência da Computação
(Associate Professor, Computer Science Dept.)
Universidade de São Paulo - Brazil

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