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RE: Misleading exclamation marks in success messages!!!
- Subject: RE: Misleading exclamation marks in success messages!!!
- From: "Adrian Price" <adrianp@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2004 19:39:53 -0000
Good Day JaWE Folks,
I've been using JaWE to prepare some sample workflows
for distribution with the Open Business Engine (http://www.openbusinessengine.org),
and I have a couple of suggestions to make:
- I found the style of using triple exclamation
marks with success messages somewhat misleading and unnecessary.
The presence of an exclamation mark is generally associated with some surprising
or unexpected condition that the user should be particularly aware of, usually
requiring attention and manual resolution. Using exclamation
marks to report success causes 'cognitive dissonance' and makes the
user worry that they've done something wrong. Triple
exclamation marks are rude and unnecessary, and when used in
an error report it's like shouting at the user: "Look at this stupid
mistake you've made, you idiot human!!!". I'd like to suggest that in the
case of an error or warning a single exclamation mark be used, and
that the normal and success messages be terminated normally with a full
- I found it disturbing that JaWE wouldn't let me save
an XPDL package that contained errors, even after having set the
PublicationStatus field to "UNDER_REVISION". The purpose of that element
value is to indicate work-in-progress, which may well be incomplete.
Forcing the user to correct all the errors before you permit them to save their
work is perceived unhelpful and obstructive by the user. I'd like to
suggest that you allow packages which are UNDER_REVISION to be saved even if
they contain errors. An XPDL engine should refuse to instantiate
such a workflow anyway, so there's no danger in this
+44 1903 215284
- RE: Misleading exclamation marks in success messages!!!,
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