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Since I use XRMS more and more, I have become more and more annoyed with the structure of some of the UI forms from a usability perspective. You probably noticed that I already refactored the /activities/activities-widget.php since I would consider the old one to have been useless except for very perfunctory activity creation.
I'd like to take this further and I wanted to get some feedback if you feel that the ideas are worth implementing:
The "About This Activity" table is vertically long and horizontally sparse which results in a form that needs to be scrolled up and down. From a usability perspective, in my opinion, this is a 'NO-NO'. There are many short fields which can be lined up next to each other horizontally, shortening the form considerably. For example:<br />
- "Company", "Contact" and "Attached to" can fit on one line
- "Activity Type", "Activity Priority" and "Owner" can fit on one line
- "Entered By" and "Last Modified By" can fit on one line
- "Scheduled Start" and "Scheduled End" can fit on one line
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The "Schedule Followup" functionality is deficient in that it does not allow the setting of the followup activity date and time - this is hard-code set at 1 week in /activities/new-2.php. Instead, I feel that "Schedule Followup" should be a checkbox which, when checked, would toggle the visibility of an additional /activities/actvities-widget.php to enable the creation of the followup activity.
I think this widget also needs a "Schedule Followup" checkbox to toggle an additional /activities/actvities-widget.php and thus enable the creation of the followup activity.
**/contacts/one.php** and **/companies/one.php**
I have some more ideas but the above will keep me busy for a bit. However, before I implemented those in the core, I wanted to get some feedback if you agree that these would be beneficial to the system.
Can you let me know what you think?
PS: The new Sourceforge Forum Markdown syntax is a nuisance! Yet another markdown to learn and think of! Sheesh!