I have spent more time on this now than I actually wanted to but with
change  you will have your standard behaviour of showing the text
beneath the input box (as default) but at the same time introduced a
user preference for a Special:Ask tooltip. For power user like me that
don't need text all the time now can opt-in to show a tooltip instead
of the text.
On 7/25/12, Yaron Koren <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Hi James,
> Thanks for putting those two images together. I actually think that 2nd
> layout, with the descriptions in a smaller font below the input, looks
> totally fine - it would probably look nicer if the descriptions were under
> both the parameter name and the input, but that's a minor point. It's a
> dense layout, but I don't think it's ridiculously so. And of course, this
> page is for the most part meant to be used by administrators and "power
> users" rather than regular users - so I think it's better to err on the
> side of more informative rather than more friendly-looking.
> On Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 9:42 AM, James HK
>> Hi Yaron,
>> >> it just seems like too much work to makes users do
>> Well, their is not much wiggle room in making the Special:Ask layout
>> UI somewhat sane. On the one hand we want people immediately recognize
>> the content that is inherent in an option selected and on the other
>> hand by doing so puts the whole screen under scrutiny for being
>> >> one possibility is just to display them in a smaller font
>> I did a quick test using text (altering the font size did not change
>> much) beneath the input box but depending on the individual text
>> length and a formats available option pool, the Special:Ask becomes a
>> two-page option mine-field where you hardly can focus on the option
>> due to text that is cluttered amongst all options and one scrolling
>> between query and option input. Please have a look at ,  and
>> compare for yourself.
>> >> parameter names by themselves are pretty cryptic
>> Nothing much one can do here.
>> >> I'm really not sure about that hover thing
>> Me neither but what else is there left, if this is not an option?
>> Another option would be to introduce a user preference where one can
>> opt-in/out of the text display but do we really want to do this?
>> On 7/25/12, Yaron Koren <email@example.com> wrote:
>> > Hi James,
>> > I just tried this code out now, and I regret not having looked at it
>> > before. I'm really not sure about that hover thing - as Jeroen notes,
>> > it
>> > has usabiility issues, and beyond that, it just seems like too much
>> > work
>> > makes users do. It would be one thing if the hover were just clarifying
>> > what was already on the page, but in this case the parameter names by
>> > themselves are pretty cryptic - and they're always in English, so if
>> > don't speak English then they're forced to hover over every parameter.
>> > Was the issue that the parameter descriptions were taking up too much
>> > of
>> > the page? If so, one possibility is just to display them in a smaller
>> > instead - that might help readability as well (ironically), since it
>> > wouldn't look as much like a sea of text.
>> > -Yaron
>> > On Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 6:07 AM, Jeroen De Dauw
>> > <firstname.lastname@example.org>wrote:
>> >> Hey James,
>> >> I just merged in your changes, and they are looking great :)
>> >> One usability suggestion I have is adding a line of text at the top of
>> >> the
>> >> "other options" box explaining what they are, in particular that you
>> >> can
>> >> cover over their names to get their associated description (as this
>> >> not be obvious).
>> >> And this only occurred to me now, but the WMF has a usability policy
>> >> discouraging use of hover-only features, as they do not work on most
>> >> mobile
>> >> devices. Not sure how to address this issue here though.
>> >> Cheers
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