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IDProjectCategoryView StatusDate SubmittedLast Update
0012339mantisbtwebpagepublic2010-09-13 04:082012-01-11 03:27
Reporteroskar.berggren 
Assigned To 
PrioritynormalSeverityfeatureReproducibilityhave not tried
StatusnewResolutionopen 
PlatformOSOS Version
Product Version1.2.2 
Target VersionFixed in Version 
Summary0012339: Design proposal for "View bug" to increase readability and reduce clutter
DescriptionI believe that the current mantis design in many regards is experienced as cluttered and difficult to read:

Everything is in a grid layout - related gui features are not necessarily close together. E.g. in "view bug", the platform/os/osversion fields are spread out across the entire width of the screen.

To many line boxes make the design appear cluttered - especially when the content of each box is missing or very small. E.g. see a bug with only a little information, the relationship/send files/watchers boxes will turn into just a bunch of lines.

It should be possible to prioritise the fields better than in the current design. Some fields, like e.g. severity/status/resolution might be regarded as more important than e.g. the platform and the list of watchers (for most users most of the time).


Attached is a design sketch showing some ideas for a new layout of the view bug page. (The regular mantis header still applies above it.)

This layout is based on the following idea:

* Not every field must necessarily be explicitly named (e.g. the platform section shows the content of platform/os/osversion as one string.)

* Give more weight to the primary properties. (What is primary may be open to opinion of course.)

* More secondary fields are off to the right, in a column of their own.

* Putting secondary fields to the right, allows description, messages, etc. in the main column to appear higher up on the page.

* Some of the action buttons that are redundant with the generic "modify bug"-button are removed. If people really want these button, it should be possible to put them back in the "Action"-section.

* Color coding for e.g. status and other important values is possible, but not shown in the sketch.
Tagsmockup, redesign
Attached Filespng file icon viewbug-20100913.png [^] (207,610 bytes) 2010-09-13 04:08

- Relationships
related to 0004227acknowledged Roadmap 1.0 - Templates 
related to 0007608feedback Flow of tracker needs a revamp 
related to 0006628new Skinning 
related to 0010409new New graphic design draft 

-  Notes
User avatar (0026698)
oskar.berggren (reporter)
2010-09-13 04:10

Possibly related issues are 0007608, 0006628, 0010409.
User avatar (0026707)
djcarr (reporter)
2010-09-14 00:26

I really like the ideas here, especially the two column format.

It will need to take into account custom fields though, and users enabling and disabling various fields in the config. But it's a great looking design.

I also hope Mantis will use dynamic editing on this screen, like how the Tags filter works. And as soon as you change a field, a * can appear in the page title to show that it's unsaved.
User avatar (0026789)
libregeek (reporter)
2010-09-20 00:58

Cool design. I'm sure this will surely enhance the usability of Mantis.

- Issue History
Date Modified Username Field Change
2010-09-13 04:08 oskar.berggren New Issue
2010-09-13 04:08 oskar.berggren File Added: viewbug-20100913.png
2010-09-13 04:10 oskar.berggren Note Added: 0026698
2010-09-14 00:26 djcarr Note Added: 0026707
2010-09-17 22:38 dhx Tag Attached: mockup
2010-09-20 00:58 libregeek Note Added: 0026789
2010-09-21 09:36 pbergeron Note Added: 0026828
2010-09-21 09:36 pbergeron Note Deleted: 0026828
2010-09-28 02:36 atrol Relationship added related to 0004227
2010-09-28 02:36 atrol Relationship added related to 0007608
2010-09-28 02:37 atrol Relationship added related to 0006628
2010-09-28 02:37 atrol Relationship added related to 0010409
2010-09-28 19:41 daryn Tag Attached: redesign


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