A web standard? Perhaps you have never discovered this either, but when I work locally on my Windows PC and use the file explorer, the path name of the currently shown folder is displayed at the top of the window in what looks like a text entry. I can change to any of the directories in that path by clicking on it. And it isn't even underlined, bold or blue... And when I right-click in the pane that shows the files (whether as text or icons), a menu pops up that offers me, f.e., to create a new folder, resort the files on a different key, use icons instead of text, etc. Context menus are definitely not a 'web standard'. They are a common OS standard; in Linux and Windows you can right-click almost anything, and a context menu will pop up.Ovyron wrote: ↑Tue Jun 02, 2020 5:03 pmThis is a web standard. Links are bolded and colored differently so it's clear they lead somewhere (note: "going somewhere" and "doing something" are different things, users have learned that clicking such text will send them to a new place on the web.)
Do you want to use Web standards on a chess GUI? Okay then, here's an improved Winboard engine dialog:
This will never be as good as buttons, but at least it allows discovery (clickable text is clearly different.)
This concept of allowing users to click on a move in the PV and get that position on the board is actually poweful and commendable, I don't have any way to do it on my chess GUIs. But it's going to waste if I'll never have the idea of clicking those moves...
The funny part is that I didn't even know on what things to put the underlined blue text, because I still have no idea what can be clicked...
Can I make a graphic like this for Scid so the GUI is improved by Fulvio? Not really, it's a well-designed GUI already that works for what it does, that's why most people have been mostly silent about it. But that's a good thing. Good design needs no comment.
Underlining is ugly, and when nearly everything gets underlined it degrades readablity. Shredder GUI doesn't undeline the PVs it prints, does it? And I am pretty sure it also has this feature. Bold and blue could be acceptable.
But I think it would send a much clearer message if the title bar did read "Engine output (right-click to make things happen)".