[development] Usability task: vocabulary creation form

Kieran Lal kieran at civicspacelabs.org
Sat Oct 14 14:42:19 UTC 2006

On Oct 14, 2006, at 4:34 AM, Dries Buytaert wrote:

> Hello,
> the Drupal APC usability report (http://drupal.org/node/83806)  
> states that the vocabulary creation form could use some work (page  
> 16-17):
>   "Some forms (eg vocabulary creation) could use additional text to  
> explain the purpose of some of the fields that they contain.".
> Elsewhere they state:
>   "The purpose of some fields (eg hierarchy) found within the  
> vocabulary creation form are somewhat ambiguous, and the  
> descriptive text provided does not provide clarity. A group of  
> checkboxes and their purpose is also somewhat ambiguous.  Some work  
> could be done to combine the text found on the main categories  
> administration page with the text found on this form.".
> Facts:
>  - Creating a vocabulary is a really popular task.
>  - The form to create a vocabulary is not self-explanatory and  
> scares people away.
> Anyone cares to look into this?  It seems that with a little bit of  
> work, we could make a difference for thousands of people.  I'd love  
> to see this fixed in Drupal 5.0.  Thanks,

Studies have shown that developers respond best to usability feedback  
when it is presented as a mock-up, or wireframe.  A good intermediary  
step might be for one person to propose a mock-up, jump into #drupal  
or #drupal-support, and ask for to give feedback on creating  
vocabularies with the mock-up form.   Make improvements, repeat 5x.    
Once the mock-up is done I am sure it would get implemented very  

I am happy to help, but I still have 1700 survey responses to  
summary, and 1100 other responses to read and summarize.


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