> I won't dive into the basics of usability and web design... instead
> I'll just point to the fact that so many people obviously have a
> problem distinguishing one email from another.And when that isn't a
> problem, scrolling inside the frame is. The fact that users need to
> fix and tweak gmail (density settings) just to get it usable
> highlights that the problem exists and is very pervasive among gmail
I'm guessing the density setting is there to provide users with a choice. I
don't have the problem that you seem to be describing and I use my Gmail at
home and at various clients that I support, on various platforms and
various different resolutions and screen types.
> If you don't think that's bad, try it on an older computer where the
> screen resolution isn't as high. That email frame turns into a tiny
> annoying box of terror you must scroll around inside.
Just how old are we talking here, what resolution? I work on screens as low
as 1024x768 and it works just fine.
Have you ever tried to zoom your browser, ie. Ctrl +/ -, or Ctrl mouswheel
> Now there's a saying in web usability that I refer to often... "Don't
> make me think". If I have to hover over those terrible buttons to find
> out WTF they are... why put icons at all? (I have a good lcd, and I
> can barely figure out what they're supposed to look like) It should be
> intuitive and self explanatory.... saaaaay text by default maybe? If I
> wanted to retard my own gmail, then I'd do so by choice.
If we're on to sayings then let me add one, making mountains out of
molehills. There are 5 icons there, just how much thinking do you need to
do to figure them out? Surely hovering one's mouse over them once or twice
should do the trick?
What is so terrible about the buttons?
You have the choice to make them text, what's the big deal? Just change the
setting and be done with it.
> What's worse with these multiple gear icons.... I've had to point it
> out to every user I've dealt with so far, then attempt to explain why
> there are two. Some pages throughout google there are two gears...
> sometimes the functionality is identical, sometimes it's similar and
> sometimes they're completely different from each other like in gmail.