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Ovid (2709)

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Stuff with the Perl Foundation. A couple of patches in the Perl core. A few CPAN modules. That about sums it up.

Journal of Ovid (2709)

Wednesday January 08, 2003
12:17 PM

Bad UI

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Working on the next task card of my current project when I came across a small screen with a drop-down and two text input boxes all wrapped up in one form. Nothing in the specs about their behavior so I went and chatted with my boss. He thought it was obvious what to do but I asked that it be redesigned because it was confusing. Here's what I thought it was supposed to do:

  1. Select an item from drop down and click submit to get results
  2. Entering a code in the first input box would override the drop-down
  3. Entering a search term in the second input box would override the dropddown and the first input box

I argued that it was confusing but the person who created it said everyone would understand. Two more people had wandered in on the conversation and one said it won't be confusing because we'll document it and another argued that I had reversed the order of what should override what. That pretty much ended the disagreement. I should have the new UI layout in a couple of hours.

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