I'm doing a project where i'm taking a web page and color-coding certain words and phrases for an editor to change later. It kinda sucks having to constantly hit the little text color icon for the color box to pop up. In fact, it would be GREAT if that color selector box could just stay open and I could hit an "apply" button to apply the changes, highlight the next bit, hit apply again... You know what an apply button's for ;) So that's it for this bug. Thanks.
Personally, I'd prefer if we didn't have apply, cancel or ok. Picking a color that is not on the palette should happen by clicking "other..." and bringing up a dialog where the user can ok, cancel, apply. A better option would be a floating palette to choose from... that sounds best to me!
Assignee: beppe → cmanske
Severity: normal → enhancement
Status: UNCONFIRMED → NEW
Ever confirmed: true
OS: other → All
Hardware: Other → All
Status: NEW → ASSIGNED
Target Milestone: --- → mozilla1.1
Why isn't the color widget on the toolbar a popup menu of frequently-used colors (with `Other ...' at the bottom), rather than a button? That way you could change the color with a single drag, instead of having to open the colorpicker window at all.
If all you want to do is repeat the same color, you can do that easily now: Select some text, use colorpicker, and set the color. Select the next text you want with same color, and use Shift+click on the toolbar colorpicker button (text button, of course), and the previous color will be repeated. Yes, that UI is not really discoverable. We hope to expose tricks like this with a "tip of the day" feature and better help documentation. Making the colorpicker more popup-menu-like is covered by bug 90670
Target Milestone: mozilla1.1 → mozilla1.0
I don't think floating palettes are a good idea for most of our users, who are not professional web authors. I think the discussion of the "tip of the day" to expose what we already have (Shift+Click on color), and comments about making the color picker more like a popup are sufficient to resolve this bug. I'll dup it to 90670 so we can access the comments made here. *** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 90670 ***
Status: ASSIGNED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 17 years ago
Resolution: --- → DUPLICATE
Sorry, I'm confused-- what does being a professional web author have to do with it? I'm not a professional by any means, but a floating color picker would be very useful. What's the downside? Are you worried "apply" would confuse people or something?
Yes. Our minimal user testing suggests that floating palettes are not the best UI for most users. Thus we stay with the modal dialog model for most of our UI (Insert Character/Symbol is the exception, but that is probably used by more advanced users.) The push has been to make the colorpicker more like a menu popup to make it easier to use.
Status: RESOLVED → VERIFIED
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