Tags: patterns and widgets
I am here today to give two SCREAMING examples of why Lotus Notes should be banned from the universe, or IBM should just practice what they preach for their own product-line. … What have these people been smoking??????
So, yesterday I just wanted to find a way like I can in Entourage/Outlook to up the font size, when someone sends me an e-mail message with text that is too small. Ya know
Guess what!?! In Lotus Notes the application that touts it can do more than anybod, CAN’T do this most simple and most needed thing. Not only can you not do this, but while you can easily select the fonts for sans-serif, serif, monospaced, etc. you can’t then choose their sizes. Who has ever seen a font selection dialog that doesn’t include size (let alone color and style).
Now, you can (in Windows version only) go into the .INI file … Yes!!!!! they still think that it is 1992 and people are using Windows 3.1x. In that file you can find the variable string and change it so that for every message and doc type (calendar entries, to-dos, etc.) the font size will be increased by X value. … Ok, I get it from an accessibility perspective, but uh, what about the rest of us! and Let’s go back to the fact that you have to find, open, and edit a TEXT FILE!!!!!
Ok, but the fun doesn’t stop there. So today, I see an icon on my Inbox view next to a message. I have never seen this icon before and it’s location and shape didn’t help me either. So I thought, I’d roll over it and see what happens. I mean if there was nothing there, I might be a little upset at that mistake, and would have accepted it, but when I did roll over it and waited a bit (maybe a little too long IMHO) I found this:
Do you guys see what I see in the tool tip? It actually says “Widget Icon”!!!!!!!
Holy Cow! My design team here at work had to take 10 minutes of laughing hysterically.
Now, some of the other great tooltips we saw were:
For the paper clip which usually means that there is an attachment with the message, it says, “Paperclip Icon.”
For the exclamation point that means that a message is high priority, the tool tip says, “Exclamation Point Icon.”
All, anyone can say is wow! … Then after the laughter ends, you can just look at that IBM designer in your mind and point a discouraging finger at them and just say, “For shame.” … “Please hand in your UPA, SIGCHI, or other association card at the door.” … Sheesh!