Everywhere a click-click,
Old MacDonald had a website, I-O-I-O-Oh.
(that was awful awful parody of this… )
For a long time, that summed up the biggest trouble using a web browser interface for getting work done: too many clicks.
In ocPortal 3 we've made a real effort to change this. As we've shown before, previews may now be shown within the main editing interface for content - so no more clicking to go back when something goes wrong. However, this is just one of many changes we've made on these kinds of screen:
- now when you choose something to edit, it pops up under the choose list so that you may change your mind without flipping back and forth
- now when you enter a username or author, ocPortal will actually help you narrow down on the name by popping up (so you don't need to go clicking around to find the correct spelling)
- if you enter an invalid e-mail address, ocPortal will pick it up before you can submit the form
- errors filling in forms are highlighted with notes on the actual form itself
- for forms that accept alternative inputs, such as either a URL or an attached upload, the form will intelligently adapt so as to only allow one to be filled in, but to now allow form submission until one actually has been
- the Comcode editing interface is now much more user-friendly
- there is a new feature to help you re-use existing file attachments in your form
- when categories need to be chosen, a much more user-friendly tree list is used to select them, rather than the old-style crowded and resource-hungry drop-down lists which were particularly unviable for websites with hundreds of categories
I've summarised all of these very quickly, but together they really help to make ocPortal far more user-friendly!