Improve the NEW DISCOVERY PAGE, VIEW RELATIONSHIP display and user interface
The “GO TO NEW DISCOVERY PAGE” link on the “DETAIL PERSON PAGE” as a link goes back to the NEW DISCOVERY PAGE for the person these links reciprocate.
Not all DETAIL PERSON PAGE web pages have a GO TO NEW DISCOVERY PAGE link. Rather than assuming the user will notice the missing link (pun intended), let alone know the reason it is missing. The idea here is that same button would say “Not yet Available” and a READ MORE explaining why.
The NEW DISCOVERY PAGE has a VIEW RELATIONSHIP link. That view of the relationship and its behavior differs from the old View My Relationship link. While its look and feel may be judged better, cosmetically, its user interface and associated function are worse (with the exception of the Show Spouses switch). How: The initial view is zoomed out yielding a microscopic view of the entire relationship that rarely shows useful information. The user must Zoom in to see that information for which they are looking. At this point the user is provided an annoying scroll mechanism: + and – icons. Most users will not even see them until the intuitive scroll wheel does nothing. They will require several mouse clicks. This will create a negative first impression, and a continuing annoyance.
My idea is to return to old interface, and then improve it. Keep the old initial view. Keep the Zoom on the scroll wheel. Keep the placement of the + and – icons. Add a functional scroll bar; drag movement is a drag. However, drag and drop for the whole tree (like in the tree view) would be useful. Allow scaling in a browser tab; this makes displays easier to use and more powerful for building a growing tree.
I agree with your point about the initial zoom level. My guess is that the intention of the developers was to show the connection between the user and the selected relative. If there are a lot of generations in between them, then it needs to be zoomed out to show it. If the view isn't zoomed out, then the question would be: Which person should be shown in the initial view if both the user and relative don't fit within it?
When the zoom is changed from the initial level, a target button is shown to help the user get back to that initial view. I think it would be helpful to have two additional buttons for focusing in on the user and on the selected relative.
Other than the initial zoom level, I like the new relationship view MUCH better than the old one. I use a trackpad, not a mouse. The scrolling feature of the trackpad works with the new view works the way I'd expect it, to scroll the view around. Also, the pinch feature of the trackpad zooms the view, which is great. However, scrolling in the old view controls the zoom instead! To move the old view, I need to click and drag.
(I still wonder why the "Show Spouses" feature doesn't work.)0
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"Show Spouses" doesn't work in "View Relationship"?
Actually, I wrote the other post FIRST, but immediately after I had, I searched for others writing about the "view relationship" display. Probably timestamps on the posts would support that, but yes, the two posts are related, in my opinion.0