[drupal-devel] A collection of usability problems
dries.buytaert at gmail.com
Fri Sep 23 17:10:52 UTC 2005
I think you nailed it, and I encourage everybody to read your e-
mail ... twice. :-)
> I must admit, I'm finding Drupal's admin interface and usability to
> be a real problem. I myself can work out how to do everything, but
> I am not at all confident that the manager would be able to
> maintain the site in the long run.
I think our short-term priorities should be to:
1. Integrate the primary/secondary navigation system.
2. Simplify the theme settings pages.
3. Rename 'path alias' to 'custom URL' (patch pending).
It would come a long way improving the out-of-the-box user
experience, and is absolutely necessary if we want to make Drupal
more accessible. Anyone?
> As Dries has indicated, the menu_otf module has been merged into
> the menu module. This is great as it will allow my site owners to
> manage their navigation panel(s) through the same interface they
> manage the content. I would like to see the settings panel and the
> jjeff patch also included in this module to make it so much more
> useful. Allowing the user to control the order of their menu
> through the Content interface is essential.
I'm not familiar with jjeff's patch. Can you provide me a link so I
can check it out?
> The built-in upload module does not allow comments and titles to be
> added to files. This is included in the attachment module (which
> requires one of the file management modules) but I think this is
> should be a core feature. I include this "feature request" in a
> usability discussion because without this functionality in the core
> module I need to install the attachment and filesystem modules,
> increasing the complexity of my sites and therefore reducing the
There is a patch in the patch queue that lets you add titles to
uploaded files. It doesn't add comments though. Maybe 'title'
should simly be renamed 'description'?
> There is a good deal of confusion with terminology used in the path
> module. On the Create Content page the heading is "path alias". You
> then specify an "alternative URL" but are then warned about the
> "URL alias" not working. It took me a good while to work out that
> this was all talking about the same thing and that the "url alias"
> admin menu option was managing the path module. I'd be happy to see
> this all changed to "friendly URL" throughout (including the module
> name) because the only reason to use this module is to make your
> URLs friendly to both humans and search engines.
There is a patch for this in the patch queue; it needs some
additional love before it can be included. I wrote an e-mail about
that earlier today.
Dries Buytaert :: http://www.buytaert.net/
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