- I am attempting to address an interface issue while maintaining design choices Omni Group has brought over from OF2 for iPhone; specifically the right-hand checkboxes. Hence, my compromise of sharing the role of communicating a task’s status solely through the checkbox with the addition of the indicating a task’s status by text color on the Mac. My remarks are also specifically accepting Omni Groups stance in stating the current “design” of OF2 for Mac is set and will not change anticipating its June release date — this I assume includes the style and placement of the checkbox and I am attempting to work with that.
- I am inclined to request clarification of your use for the term “primary” and how you mean to convey its importance, as fulfillment, over other common interpretations and meanings. I see primary as a sequence position or classification of priority when considering task management scenarios. Fulfilling a task list by completing it is surely gives the user a sense of accomplishment, but does this speak to what is commonly meant in such particular instances in using the term primary. Take for example: what is your primary task for the day? This can be easily understood as first or important, but accomplishment or fulfillment are not, at least for me, an initial meaning I gain from such a statement.
The checkbox in OF2 communicates task status through the use of combinations of multiple hues of color representative of specific states; flagged, unflagged, due soon, overdue. The two traditional uses for checkboxes are denoting state of completion through being checked and unchecked. I would consider both of these traditional states in OF2 now to be secondary information in this particular scenario as the user is generally interested in task which need to be completed; conversely when searching completed tasks the user is only interested in task previous completed. The checkbox’s new role of communicator for other states is where the interface issues arise on large screens. Let’s look at my second point above and ask what is the primary understanding the checkbox in all of its roles as part of OF2 is communicating to the user. I contend it is that of priority and not fulfillment/accomplishment; flagged, due soon, and overdue. All of the new states attributed to the checkbox denote urgency in association to the associated task and are the furthest element from the tasks title — why? The problem becomes compounded on larger displays and I propose as a solution in using text color to assist in conveying these vital states of urgency on OF2 for Mac while maintaining the current design elements across all devices.