[Members] Clients

Nicolas Vérité nicolas.verite at gmail.com
Fri Feb 12 05:16:05 CST 2010


2010/2/12 Remko Tronçon <remko at el-tramo.be>:
>> A simple list of client names. Next to each name, icons for each platform
>> the client runs on.
>
> That's the way around. Users don't browse through client lists and
> then check what platform it runs on. Instead, they have a platform and
> need to see what clients run on it.
>
> I'm with Justin on not putting clients in a cross-platform section,
> not only because users don't look up clients that way, but also
> because it's not clear what that means (is supporting 3 platforms
> enough? how about 2?)
>
> If a client is cross-platform, list it in every platform it is
> supported on, and optionally add something like "(see also: Windows,
> Linux)"

Different aproaches here:
http://wiki.jabberfr.org/Clients
http://www.jabberes.org/clientes
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_XMPP_client_software

The "Principal clients" section on jabberes makes sense, for a fast
choice, but it would advantage the most popular ones.

The "Pure XMPP" and "Multiprotocol" clients approaches of jabberfr and
Wikipedia is fine from a user perspetive, since the platform may not
be the first criterion of choice.

Then comes the platforms:
* On jabberes, they appear as text at the end, it might be more
readable with small logo, as well as more complicated haveing images
inline with text
* On Wikipedia, the dynamic table lets you sort by platform, although
some are noted "Cross-platform"
* On jabberfr, you have columns as platforms, with the traditionnal
Win/Lin/Mac, but also mobile and web

Comparing most of these classifications, I would recommend:
* The "most popular section" at the beginning, like on jabberes
* Categorization with XMPP/multi/servce/old seems really intuitive,
like on jabberfr
* Then the platform columns, like on jabberfr

We might also add categorization in the mobile space, as stpeter
asked, but the entropy is (still) too high here. Philosophically, we
should add a categorization when this makes sense: the list of
categories must not be too long, every category should have at least
three items, etc.

Did I just win my 2 cents?
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