JUN
27
2006

Paris Group Foto

Ken posted the group foto from the Ubuntu dev summit in Paris today:

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Even if I really needed the recovery weekend afterwards in Paris, I much enjoyed the summit. Guess this was the first time I attended a FOSS developer meeting that had such a tough schedule: Based on spec topics that were formulated prior to the meeting, the "BoFinator" planned our days to attend meetings from 9 am to 6 pm in which we discussed and drafted the scope of each spec.

JUN
16
2006

Including usability right from the beginning

Recently, I remembered this button:

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Peter from the KOffice team seems to know what it is about. When he started to rewrite Kivio, the KDE flowcharting application, he immediately informed the usability group and asked for input regarding the user interface. Even before the first line of code was written - and ergo nothing could be tested. This was a good decision out of two reasons:

JUN
8
2006

this and that

** Sebastian, one of the blind participants of the Accessibility-Meets-Usability weekend, just told me that the development of Gnopernicus, a screen reader and magnifier for Gnome, has been stopped. I hope these are just rumours? It would be a pity. Instead, the development of Orca will be reinforced which is actually good news (thanks henrik for the clarification!).

JUN
3
2006

Berlin Dapper Release Party

I much enjoyed the Berlin Dapper Release Party yesterday at DanielHolbach's place in Berlin Neukoelln. He even served my favourite drink: Schonk - Club Mate with Rum =)

MAY
30
2006

Designing for Accessibility!

As announced I summarised the results of our Accessibility meets Usability weekend in a (long but interesting) report available on OpenUsability (PDF). We did usability tests with several KDE features for partially sighted people and the Gnopernicus screen reader for Gnome. The goal of the usability tests was not to achieve statistical data, but to gain an understanding of the needs of the represented user types.

MAY
27
2006

confused

when I left the office today, I wrote todo's on two post-its - one to stay there, one to process during the weekend back home.

hmm - I just put my notebook out of the bag and what happened? The office post-it was sticking on my notebook, while I left the one for the weekend at the desk.... the annoying part about it is that I can remember exactly *two* out of the three items that were written on it. eletronic todos are so much more useful!!!

MAY
8
2006

processing my todos...

I sometimes wonder if my list of todos could grow any longer... Is it because I can't say no, because I'm interested in too many things, or because daily work too often keeps me away from my "fun" projects? Probably a mix of all =)

Even if last week's LinuxTag sure added more todo's, it much helped to solve others that were stuck during the last two months:

APR
16
2006

some days off...

Like Cristian, I'm still in information processing mode from the Printing Summit - as expected it was a lot of input, and even more to think about. Printing needs to become more task-oriented instead of being device-centered, an idea that much overlaps with KDE HCI's current efforts to picture the future of KDE.

APR
5
2006

It should just print, no?

During my three years of usability presence in Open Source projects, printing has twice been the stumbling block to extensive and hot-blooded discussions about the whole purpose of usability for Linux.

MAR
19
2006

"Usability is a technical problem we can solve on our own"

A common solution I hear in OSS projects to learn about relevant features is to track the users' interactions with the software: The menu items they click, the settings they check, the applications they use. Implementing a tool that is able to track such data seems to be a widespread idea among Open Source developers. The rationale is usually to provide usability experts (like me) with data that describes the actions and behaviours of users.

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