[jitsi-issues] [JIRA] Updated: (JITSI-645) Default conversation style wastes too much space

ibauersachs (JIRA) jira-no-reply at java.net
Wed Jan 9 20:08:52 CET 2013

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ibauersachs updated JITSI-645:

        Fix Version/s: 2.1
                           (was: 2.0)
    Affects Version/s: 1.0
                           (was: future)

> Default conversation style wastes too much space
> ------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: JITSI-645
>                 URL: http://java.net/jira/browse/JITSI-645
>             Project: jitsi
>          Issue Type: Sub-task
>          Components: development
>    Affects Versions: 1.0, 2.0
>         Environment: Operating System: All
> Platform: All
>            Reporter: lubomir_m
>            Priority: Minor
>             Fix For: 2.1
> In chats, the default style seems to display each received and sent message in 
> the form:
> <sender> at <time>
> <message>
> I personally find it detrimental to my use of SC for chats: depending on the 
> font size, I more often than not see 5 messages with the default chat window 
> size, chat rooms are even worse because they have a member list on the right and 
> the horizontal space is even less and the lines wrap so the number of visible 
> messages decreases, and I have to scroll back and forth (especially when 
> chatting with multiple contacts in different chat tabs and I cannot use all my 
> short-term memory to remember each and every word of the conversation).
> I think Apple iChat and Google Talk make a good example of more optimal use of 
> the space:
> 1. the messages are of the form "<sender>: <message>". (Google Talk is totally 
> helpful here because it doesn't use the first and the last name of the contact, 
> just the first name.)
> 2. Timestamps are directly visible only in the time period of silence, not on 
> each and every message.
> 3. Apple iChat shows the time of the specific message as a tooltip on the sender  
> (in <sender>: <message>). Colloquy also seems to recognize the lower imporance 
> of the timestamp on each and every message and puts to the far right in its 
> default style.
> I personally think a more space-preserving style rhymes with the recent interest 
> in "Minimal interface" and the support for small screens.

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