AOO UX Design Exploration - Task Pane Content Panel - User Interface Design Proposals
Sidebar Content Panel - UX Design propoals
For frame work part, use flat tab option to replace accordion effect.
For content part, create 3 proposals to show the status of ‘Unfolded/Folded’ in Content Panels, and also created 3 proposals for Content panel layouts:
‘Unfolded/folded’ of Content Panel:
Proposal 1. Grey Title + Grey Panel
Proposal 2. Grey Title + White Panel
Proposal 3. Dark Grey Title + White Panel(Consistent with current AOO definitions)
Content panel layouts:
Proposal A. Gradient Color Background
Proposal B. Simple Line as spliter
Proposal C. Emboss effect
To combine these proposals, totally we have 9 options for Content Panel.
|Sidebar Options||Proposal 1. Grey Title + Grey Panel||Proposal 2. Grey Title + White Panel||Proposal 3. Dark Grey Title + White Panel|
|Proposal A. Gradient Color Background|
|Proposal B. Simple Line as spliter|
|Proposal C. Emboss effect|
Overview visual information definition
Including the gradient color, the background color, the border line, the font color, the font size and so on.
All the overview visual definition is based on font Arial 11. We set all distance and size based on that. If the font size has been changed, other distance and size should be also changed.
We use Win7 as OS reference, all systems effects that we mentioned in the proposal follow Win7. If the OS has been changed, the system effects should be also changed and follow the corresponding OS.
Sidebar specific panel design
Two design principles:
1.Icon style of sidebar in AOO 4.0. From UX point of view, to avoid the usability issues, we need to make sure the same icon for the same function in AOO and all the icons have the same visual style. So we need to use AOO icons in sidebar. For the buttons which did not have AOO icons, we will use Symphony icons.
2. UI controls in A00 4.0. Choose the one has more user-friendly interaction behavior. Symphony did lots of improvements based on the original Open Office, so the current behavior in Symphony is more reasonable choice, like Number Bullet, Line Style...
Controls consistent issues proposal
We should pursue the same behavior for the same control in one software, if we choose the Symphony behavior, we should apply it to all areas, such as toolbar, property dialog... At least we need to keep the first level UI elements on controls of sidebar and toolbar consistent for 4.0.
Summarize all 13 controls that will show both on sidebar and toolbar and give the design proposal.