[Members] Clients

Waqas Hussain waqas20 at gmail.com
Fri Feb 5 18:59:36 CST 2010


On Sat, Feb 6, 2010 at 4:47 AM, Justin Karneges <justin at affinix.com> wrote:

> On Friday 05 February 2010 15:14:32 David Banes wrote:
> > On 06/02/2010, at 5:27 AM, Justin Karneges wrote:
> > > On Friday 05 February 2010 08:50:18 Nicolas Vérité wrote:
> > >> A flat categorization might not be the solution. A table would suit
> > >> better imho, with entries like in horizontal platforms (Linux, Mac,
> > >> Win, Mobile, web, etc.) and vertical a categorization like XMPP-only,
> > >> multi-protocol, service-specific, etc.
> > >
> > > I want to add that I dislike there being a "cross platform" section.
>  No
> > > user would look anything up that way.
> >
> > I disagree, we have many clients that ask for 'cross platform' solutions
> > for use in the businesses.
> >
> > This is a very useful feature of the list for us.
>
> I think it goes both ways. ;)
>
> As a Linux user, I'd most likely go straight to the Linux/Unix section,
> under
> the impression that clients listed there would support my platform better
> than those listed under cross-platform.  Mac users might assume there are
> only two client options, especially since the "Apple MacOS" section appears
> before "Cross-Platform".
>
> If it gets turned into a grid, as one person suggested, that may help
> cross-platform clients from being overlooked by regular users, while at the
> same time helping businesses spot the cross-platform ones.
>
> -Justin
>

In this case, would a grid make sense? It would be too sparse, seeing as how
most clients only support a single platform, and many platforms have very
few clients (iphone, android, etc).

Does anyone else have any nice ideas about displaying this type of data?
Here's a simple possibility:

A simple list of client names. Next to each name, icons for each platform
the client runs on. A legend as a sidebar mapping names of platforms to
icons. With a touch of javascript, clicking on the legend items toggles
display of clients for that platform.

--
Waqas Hussain
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