Interactive GUI prototype for Brussels

Jenya Gestrin and Raoul Carag have put together an excellent interactive mock-up of a GUI to manage link-layer properties. The GUI only addresses ethernet for the moment, but the long-term goal is to blend this into NWAM

We're trying to collect feedback from users on what you'd like to see, so please check it out! So far, here's
some input we've received:

  • "1G-f" is confusing; just expand this to "1Gbps, fdx"
  • For default_mtu choices, "default" and "max" are confusing. Better to use "Standard" (1500) and "Jumbo" (9000) and provide an input box for random mtu values (i.e., values other than 1500 and 9000)
  • Multiple folks (Peter Tribble, Rainer Heilke) have said that they would like to see all the property information on one screen, rather than having to scroll through a list.  As Rainer points out

 

>>> I'm not too keen on the Properties settings screens.
>>> For example, on the first one autonegotiation should
>>> be a checkbox not a radio button. But I think I would
>>> prefer the properties as a table with the value column
>>> being editable (either a checkbox, or an editable
>>> drop-down list). At least then you get to see all the
>>> values straight away - it's very frustrating to have
>>> to click down a list just to see the values (and worse,
>>> you have to remember what the other values were)

The last one is especially thought-provoking because the number of properties varies with the link type, and there is a risk of information overload if we fit all of them in one screen.

But it's comments like these that motivate us to come up with meaningful solutions, so please do let us know what you think! 

 



 




 

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