[RCD] Classic vs. Larry (was: Release 0.8 (stable) with new skin is out)

Michael Heydekamp listuser at freexp.de
Sat Nov 17 20:29:10 CET 2012


Am 15.11.2012 21:00, schrieb Thomas Bruederli:

> The general decision was to only have one skin provided by the core
> team.

Ok, this is new to me. Has this been stated elsewhere before, and I may
have missed it?

At least it sounds a bit different to what you posted before under this
subject (see my previous posts).

> And this will definitely be the new Larry skin.

Hmm. :-( But that's of course your decision.

> And yes, we heard your complains about wasted space in Larry, along
> with others saying the same, and we'll try to improve the header
> section anytime soon.

Not sure what you mean with "header section", I didn't lose a word about
that (yet). It's simply every single message in the message pane which does
already take way too much space.

Attached see comparison between Classic and Larry skin on my laptop, with
identical config settings:

1) Classic is displaying 14 messages in the message pane, Larry just 9. A
decrease of approx. 35% (wow).

2) Classic is displaying 26 folder levels in the folder pane (with still
some space left at the bottom), Larry just 19 (with no space left at the
bottom). A decrease of approx. 27%.

3) Although the text font in the Classic skin is a lot larger than in the
Larry skin (I didn't patch the Larry skin to the larger font yet), Classic
is displaying one more line of the body than Larry.

4) Links in the message header "Mailing list" are not visible as such (=
not underlined), unless you hover them. But why should you do that, if you
don't get the idea that they might be links?

So which skin would YOU choose...? ;-)

Ok, I'll stop here. The only real advantage that I can see is that the
buttons have text, but "Allen antwor..." doesn't also look too nice.

And why the heck have those "bars" (or how do you call that?) e.g. at the
bottom of the folder list - the one with the cogwheel - such an extreme
height?

My impression is: The guys who invented this skin must have been sitting in
front of a huge screen and didn't care too much about us poor laptop users.
Not to speak about smartphone users (luckily, I don't have one).

No offense, though.

Greets,
-- 
Michael Heydekamp
Co-Admin freexp.de
Düsseldorf/Germany
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