ameeck wrote:Overall, this might end up a good idea. Just a few things I'd think about:
- I wouldn't tie up the design and the backend code - they can be developed independently. I certainly agree with changing the backend code to make creating modules simpler, but I'm not so sure about the new interface.
- Are CFG module types flexible enough? We have action-based modules, e.g. backups, complex modules like permissions.
- I'm not too sure about the naviation through such an interface. Browsing through a list as we have now (either horizontal or vertical) is much easier than finding information in a clump of icons (even though sorted in a grid). While we will be able to reduce the amount of settings pages we have, we will still have many. Be aware that by designing the interface, you don't have the required distance to see if it really works. User testing could prove me wrong though, so I'd love to see it being done if you decide to continue with this.
Sam wrote:This type of interface would be very familiar to anyone who has used a desktop operating system. They can organize things the way they want via a drag 'n drop system to suit the needs of their ACP.
/a3 wrote:Perhaps something with a little more contrast? That's really my main criticism of the current ACP - too little contrast for my liking.
I do like the concept though...
nathansuchy wrote:This seems like a great idea but would be a major code change and would take months just for this RFC but on the other hand phpbb is open source so it could finish quickly.
You said more than you may have thought of: the ACP should have a keyword search, so you're able to find what you want by typing in an appropriate caption. However, since captions are language-specific we have to find a connection to the language files (definitions) and back again. For 3.0.11 I've developed a basic approach with good results, but yet I'm not entirely happy with it.ameeck wrote:finding information
Which version? 4, 5 and 5.1 were fairly straight dialog windows, whereas 5.2 and 6 have gone horribly wrong HTML-like things that are hardly to control with a keyboard alone anymore, not to speak of their overall grouping. Likewise the biggest advantage of the current ACP style is that you'll know where the keyboard input focus will land when TABing and you hardly need the mouse.ameeck wrote:ave you seen somebody browsing through the Control Panels on Windows? Often it's not a pretty sight.
Yes, why not. That doesn't even requires icons and could be manifested right now in the 3.0.11 module system: drag'n'drop the modules as an alternative of using the "up" and "down" links. Which would come in handy for any type of list: think of a lot of forums where you want to move one of them from the bottom to the top - currently that needs a lot of time, not to speak of the patience needed to re-arrange a couple of forums.Sam wrote:a drag 'n drop system to suit the needs of their ACP
Let me rephrase it: the template system requires a minimum of 3 files to create a new site. In the end it won't change much in the future, since:Sam wrote:The module system requires a minimum of 4 files to create a new module
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