[Enigmail] New 1.8 toolbar on the composition window

michael at yanovich.net michael at yanovich.net
Wed Mar 18 17:06:40 CET 2015


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On 03/18/2015 12:01 PM, Patrick Brunschwig wrote:
> I should add that one of the outcome if the usability study we had
> last year showed that this is an important function and that such a
> button was missing - especially for beginners who don't want/need to
> know Enigmail and the concepts of public key encryption well.
> 
> To summarize this discussion: there is often a trade-off between
> usability and other aspects in a system (space, transparency,
> configuration, etc.). I strongly believe - and many agree on this -
> that we need to improve usability, even if it's at the cost of other
> aspects). I'm not so worried about the users we have as they seem to
> live quite OK with what we had. I'm much more concerned about the
> users we don't have yet, or that we lost because Enigmail was too
> difficult or not intuitive enough. Encryption only matters if can be
> applied by the masses.
> 
> As today's screens get larger and larger, I don't believe that we
> waste a lot of real estate on the screen, given how much more
> intuitive the new buttons are compared to the old version.
> 
> Whether or not you like (some of) the new buttons and the toolbar as
> such is first of all a matter of taste. I think the new version is a
> lot better than the old one, and I would not want to go back to the
> old layout.
> 
> -Patrick

I personally like it there. It does seems a bit large in font, but I
think that just might be my Thunderbird because I have tweaked with
the display fonts.

However this whole conversation has me thinking of this,
https://xkcd.com/1172/


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