From: Steven M. Ottens <steven@mi...> - 2009-10-23 20:58:21
> Problem: Inexperienced users are breaking their documents.
> Proposed solution A: Change the "Import" command for all so that
> it embeds instead of links.
I did say +1 and I do believe that's the correct thing for casual users.
Although I do agree that for a lot of users it makes sense to default
this to 'link'. So make it fairly easy in the settings to change this
> Proposed solution B: Change the UI to clearly show the difference
> between linked and embedded images.
This is very tricky. As an interaction designer I know that there's no
such thing as 'showing clearly'; the so called intuitive solution often
is the commonly used one. Since there's not a clear common solution in
this case (nor is it a common problem) it is difficult (but not
impossible) to come up with a obvious metaphor.
> Proposed solution C: Add a popup that explains to a new user what
> linking vs. embedding is.
Personally I hate popups; they interfere with the workflow. Greater
minds than me have written beautiful, but wishful, obituaries for the
popup and I just want to adhere.
> Proposed solution D: Allow a preference to "always embed"
I'd say a preference: 'always embed, always link, ask' or maybe even
have preferences for copy-paste, import and drag 'n drop.
> Proposed solution E: all of B, C, and D
Generally it is a bad idea to clutter your interface with several
options to do the same thing.
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