[sword-devel] Re: OSIS Web tool

Daniel Blake sword-devel@crosswire.org
Wed, 17 Sep 2003 21:24:04 -0400

Having just looked at the first screen for a very short time, here is what I
have noticed.

Possibly make more of a contrasting color scheme.  Example:  The top menus
are a muted blue on a blue background.  This won't show up well on some
peoples monitors.  I had this same comment about my website.  One person had
to highlight my page just to be able to read it.  I think he had a bad
monitor though, but it is something I had to deal with.

Another thing that might be leading to confusion is this:

The borders on the buttons don't show up well.  I would make the borders
(gradiants) wider and again a color that stands out more from the main color
of the button.

The "Go" buttons are obviously buttons by there placement, but not by looks.
The "Go" buttons could be a little wider.  Maybe rename them "Search".  I
had to actually click on the "ADD YOUR TEXT HERE" button to know it was a

To me the "Open Scriptural information standard" logo seems out of place.
It doesn't seem to fit with the rest of the page.

The "Osis Library" drop down lists can make the page very long to scroll.
Is there something that could be done to change how that works?

I like how "Osis Library" descriptions show up.  I think framing the
description area and possibly shading the background would make it stand out
more.  The shadowed areas work well at drawing your attention.

Hope this is helpful.
Daniel Blake

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Troy A. Griffitts" <scribe@crosswire.org>
To: <sword-devel@crosswire.org>
Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2003 7:18 PM
Subject: Re: [sword-devel] Re: OSIS Web tool

> Andrew,
> Both (pretty, and expressions of what confused you) are very valuable.
>   I've demo'd it to a number of people and watched as they pondered what
> to do.  It makes you want to yell, "Just click on....!!!".  But I don't
> know how to visually lead them to the controls pertinent for each
> screen.  We've had suggestions, for example, on the passage study page,
> to surround: "Passage Study", the current Bible and where to change it,
> current verse and verse navigation, with some kind of swoosh graphic-- 
> kindof saying, "On this screen, these are the important pieces of
> navigation"
> But I don't know.  I don't think anyone would say that I'm a very good
> UI designer.
> So, please suggest!  And any contributions would be greatly appreciated.
>   There are a number of us with 'sandboxes' set up so we can play with
> the pages and show our ideas.  Let me know if you're volunteering to
> have a go at some stuff.
> -Troy.
> Andrew Vardeman wrote:
> > I think it looks decent (nice and clean, maybe not flashy but certainly
not ugly).  I agree it can be a bit confusing on first use.  Which was their
priority--colors and graphics or functional UI improvements?
> >
> > I can do pretty, but slower than any "real" designer.  If they're
thinking more functionally, I could at least express what confused me and
offer suggestions for improvement.
> >
> > Andrew
> >
> >
> > On Wednesday, September 17, 2003, at 03:00PM, Troy A. Griffitts
<scribe@crosswire.org> wrote:
> >
> >
> >>Just what should be an obvious correction:
> >>
> >>-and are not looking for people to make it look pretty
> >>+and are now looking for people to make it look pretty
> >>
> >>
> >>Troy A. Griffitts wrote:
> >>
> >>>Hey guys.  We've finished up about 80% of the functionality for the web
> >>>tool and are not looking for people to make it look pretty / work more
> >>>intuitively.
> >>>
> >>>ABS is happy with the functionality, but they are about to go out and
> >>>pay someone to redesign the user interface.  I'd hate for us to have
> >>>spent so much time on the real meat of the project to offer this as a
> >>>free gift to them, and then they have to go pay someone to add colors
> >>>and graphics.
> >>>
> >>>Any volunteers would be greatly appreciated by ABS and me, as well.
> >>>
> >>>Here's the link:
> >>>
> >>>http://www.crosswire.org/sword/biblenew/
> >>>
> >>>Thank you for your consideration.
> >>>
> >>>    -Troy.
> >>>
> >>>
> >>
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