[Plone-UI] Thoughts on making plone ui easier for novice computer users

Gerry Kirk gerry at faithonline.com
Mon Mar 7 18:36:10 UTC 2005

Hi UI team,
Here's a few observations from working with a wide cross-section of
users on our plone-based system of things that provide obstacles to
people working effectively (I'm skipping ones that I know are already on
the UI to-do list):

*	needing to first find location to put content. Content is stored
in various folders in a site, according to site structure. Users have to
go to the appropriate folder to add in content first. In a typical CMS
with an RDBMS, a centralized control panel is used to add new content,
and the system manages the site structure, which is easier for the user
to figure out IMO. With standard Zope / Plone, the two seem more

*	tab overdose. It's easy to end up with numerous tabs with just a
few products installed. The UI only really handles about 4-5 nicely. Too
many tabs gets confusing and perhaps overwhelming. We need a better way
to group and display actions.

I think the other issues are covered: folderish vs. non-folderish,
editing default page vs. folder, deleting content.
Thanks for all your great work. I hope this feedback is helpful.

Gerry Kirk
Project Manager
Faith Online Ltd., Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
Visit us at www.faithonline.com, www.diocesessm.org

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the
silence of our friends. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

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