Windows XP -- digital camera/photo features

Started Apr 23, 2001 | Discussions thread
Rick Turner [MS]
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Re: Printer and other wizards.
In reply to Daniel Lauring, Apr 26, 2001

It might interest you to know that I have debates with my co-workers over the "give them fish/teach them to fish" aspect of our UI all the time.

In any case, we use wizards a lot because in our usability testing people are really successful at accomplishing the desired task when it is presented in a wizard. This is compared to almost all other forms of UI.

However, your point is that we should think about ways to invest in our users and teach them how to do more on their own is well taken. Thanks.

-Rick

Daniel Lauring wrote:
Agreed. One of the big problems with Wizards is they don't teach
men to fish...but give them fish. I always wonder what the heck
the wizard is doing exactly and how I could duplicate it with the
standard menu.

It would be better if there was a wizard interface, that as it
asked the questions it showed the alternative method...highlighting
the boxes it was filling in so the user would know how to do it the
non-wizard way next time. A split screen with the "wizardease" on
the left and the printer option menu on the right might work. As
you answered wizard questions, on the left, you could see how that
selected or filled in the choices on the printer option menu, on
the right. It would even be neater if you could swap, back and
forth, between the two methods on the fly.

Danny

KanedaF3 wrote:

Nothing specific, just a general comment on the interface.

I hate Wizards. I have always hated wizards.

When I want to do something with the computer, I want to do it.
I don't want the computer to ask me one or two questions at a time
and maybe leave out a few options I did want.

Wizards are good because I know that many people don't know as much
about computers as my crowd, but along with the wizards I think
there should be a more technical way to do things. A screen
covered in options for the people that know what the options are
would be great.

Don't spend all of your time making it easy for people that don't
want to learn. Spend some time adding in some really great options
that pros/experts will appreciate.

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