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I've been using iJournal 1.50 tonight, and I've just noticed something on the Tool Bar that seems a little backwards, the function of the view button.

When I'm in HTML View the tool bar says, "HTML View." When I'm in Text View the tool bar says, "Text View." I think that a mode change button like that should indicate the view to which you to change, not the view you're currently displaying.

For instance, if I'm in HTML View, the tool bar item should say, "Text View." This would indicate that if I want to enter the Text View, I should press the button. That way it is an "verb" and is consistent with the "Link to URL" and "Link to User" buttons that are also on the tool bar - in other words, they perform an action, they don't indicate a mode.

Does this make sense? I'm not sure I'm expressing myself very well.


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Jan. 21st, 2003 06:41 am (UTC)
I understand what you're saying, but personally, I prefer it the way it is now. I want to be told which mode I'm in, not which mode I can change to. But, that's my GUI bias.
Jan. 21st, 2003 09:40 am (UTC)
I think it's more logical in the way that Apple presents the "Junk" toggle in Mail. You click it, what the text label tells you occurs and/or is applied. However, you're right, there should be a visual indication of the current status other than the content of the message, in case there is no HTML to hide/render. I'm not sure how this could work, perhaps a switch to a fixed width font in the view showing the HTML code.
Jan. 21st, 2003 10:28 am (UTC)
Actually, I'd suggest that the better option would be that the entry window always be the "text view" (editing) and that the "HTML view" always says "HTML view" and pops up a window showing that view. Actually, probably better if it says "HTML preview" if it acted in this manner.

Either that or make it possible to edit in the "HTML view"; somehow the first time I fired it up, I ended up in the HTML view (I think I accidentally clicked the button while trying to show all the buttons) and was quite confused for a minute about why I couldn't just type into the window to make things work. (I know "frontpage" style HTML editing is difficult, which is why I suggest the second window for the preview)
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