show_bug.cgi display layout

Kevin Benton kevin.benton at
Tue Jan 16 00:35:20 UTC 2007

Frédéric Buclin wrote:
>> Approximately half of you mentioned placement of the comment box. 
>> Perhaps this issue can be more easily addressed (with concensus) than 
>> other issues?
> This issue is specific to b.m.o. Has nothing to do with Bugzilla 3.0.
>> Has anyone tested a side-by-side arrangement?  That is, have comments 
>> start at the top of page in a scrollable column of their own next to 
>> the labels?
>> I'd appreciate your comments on an example I've mocked up 
> I have to scroll horizontally to see comments. Meaning that you should 
> narrow the left column, meaning that you would have to scroll even 
> more to see all fields. Not sure that's a good idea.
I agree with you, LpSolit - I don't want to be forced to make my 
Bugzilla browser window full-screen just so I can see comments without 
horizontally scrolling.  I also feel that white space on the screen is a 
good thing

It just occurred to me - we're not using an anchor index (list) at all.  
An anchor index at the top of the bug display would help users jump to 
the appropriate section and does not have any negative impact on 
testing.  The only question I have is if the user is interactively 
editing and they click on an anchor, do they clear their input or does 
it remain where it was?  That answer may be browser-dependent.   Just 
thinking out loud :)

At some point, we may want to consider multiple bug views through a 
navigation bar on the LHS.  This would give users the ability to see 
specific pre-defined views that don't necessarily display all the 
fields, comments or activity.  There is value in limiting the view to 
"just the facts" that I need to get my job done.  I think each of us 
would agree that few people want everything in the order given depending 
on what they're doing.  There are times when we take the role of 
developer, QA, reporter, etc.  Depending on our role, we care about 
different parts of the bug first.  RT actually does a fair job of 
implementing this through tabbed views of bugs.


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