Legal Keywords in 2.17.3

Jon Wilmoth JWilmoth at
Thu Apr 3 00:49:44 UTC 2003

This is what we use here.  I can definitely see how they could be the
"bane of users' existence".  However we have a pretty small list ~8 (6
are shown at a time) and it seems to work pretty well.  Users here
weren't putting in keywords because they either didn't know what to put
in (yes...even though the describekeywords gives them the list of

I'm not sure the keywords list would ever be very large since they have
to apply to all products.

-----Original Message-----
From: Myk Melez [mailto:myk at] 
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2003 4:36 PM
To: developers at
Subject: Re: Legal Keywords in 2.17.3

Jon Wilmoth wrote:

>Thanks!  That did the trick.
>BTW...Is anyone interested in changing the keywords from an open text
>box to a select list?  If so, I'd be more than willing to contribute a
>patch to 2.17.3!
A multi-select list?  Those tend to be the bane of users' existences.  
Novice users don't understand them, and power users find them clumsy.  
At least one UI expert (Alan Cooper) recommends against them, although I

think you can get away with them for small lists where every option is 
visible at all times.  Or did you have something else in mind?


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