keying error notification

Discussion in 'Java' started by Roedy Green, Jan 25, 2008.

  1. Roedy Green

    Roedy Green Guest

    I have been thinking about the best way to notify the user of errors
    while keying.

    1. verbal, the user can fix the error while the voice continues. Java
    does not have a decent sound API that works outside Applets, is
    simple, and does not overlap. This is what I did in VerCheck. see
    http://mindprod.com/applet/vercheck.html

    2. pop up a dialog box. Interrupts work flow. User must dismiss it
    first to get on with fixing a trivial error.

    3. short sound.

    4. non-modal dialog box. Lets user continue working. Disappears by
    itself if not dismissed after a second or so.

    5. reserved error box on the screen. The problem here is it is out of
    the line of sight.

    6. icon for record that indicates if it ready for prime time. You
    hover over it to get a tooltip for why not.

    What do you think the ideal way to handle error notification is?

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    Roedy Green, Jan 25, 2008
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  2. Roedy Green

    derek Guest

    On 01/25/2008 at 14:46:24, Roedy Green <> wrote:

    > I have been thinking about the best way to notify the user of errors
    > while keying.
    > 1. verbal, the user can fix the error while the voice continues. Java
    > does not have a decent sound API that works outside Applets, is
    > simple, and does not overlap. This is what I did in VerCheck. see
    > http://mindprod.com/applet/vercheck.html
    > 2. pop up a dialog box. Interrupts work flow. User must dismiss it
    > first to get on with fixing a trivial error.
    > 3. short sound.
    > 4. non-modal dialog box. Lets user continue working. Disappears by
    > itself if not dismissed after a second or so.
    > 5. reserved error box on the screen. The problem here is it is out of
    > the line of sight.
    > 6. icon for record that indicates if it ready for prime time. You
    > hover over it to get a tooltip for why not.
    > What do you think the ideal way to handle error notification is?
    > --
    > Roedy Green, Canadian Mind Products
    > The Java Glossary, http://mindprod.com


    I prefer to have it highlighted in some way. Maybe a different font or color for the text.
    I must be able to turn off the option though.

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    derek, Jan 25, 2008
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  3. Roedy Green wrote:
    > I have been thinking about the best way to notify the user of errors
    > while keying.
    >
    > 1. verbal, the user can fix the error while the voice continues. Java
    > does not have a decent sound API that works outside Applets, is
    > simple, and does not overlap. This is what I did in VerCheck. see
    > http://mindprod.com/applet/vercheck.html


    JavaSound works just fine. In fact it was made much simpler in 1.5.

    > 2. pop up a dialog box. Interrupts work flow. User must dismiss it
    > first to get on with fixing a trivial error.
    >
    > 3. short sound.
    >
    > 4. non-modal dialog box. Lets user continue working. Disappears by
    > itself if not dismissed after a second or so.
    >
    > 5. reserved error box on the screen. The problem here is it is out of
    > the line of sight.
    >
    > 6. icon for record that indicates if it ready for prime time. You
    > hover over it to get a tooltip for why not.
    >
    > What do you think the ideal way to handle error notification is?
    >


    3 is my preference.

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    Knute Johnson, Jan 25, 2008
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  4. Roedy Green wrote:

    > 5. reserved error box on the screen. The problem here is it is out of
    > the line of sight.


    Have you thought about an error line at the bottom of the screen, that turns
    red when an error appears and displays error message for a short time? It
    can be accompanied with sound.

    That's the way SAP notifies its users about an error. And it seems pretty
    comfortable.

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    Jacek Wojciechowski, Jan 27, 2008
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