Opened 3 years ago

Closed 9 months ago

#21183 closed defect (fixed)

Basic Usability Issues

Reported by: ninavizz Owned by:
Priority: Medium Milestone:
Component: Applications/Tor Browser Version:
Severity: Normal Keywords: ux-team, torbrowser
Cc: arthuredelstein, micahlee, i139, antonela, brade, mcs, tseretni-rmd Actual Points:
Parent ID: #20843 Points:
Reviewer: Sponsor:

Description

Hi:

I'm a longtime UX'er, and new to using Tor. Some very basic heuristics I felt compelled to respond to, in a PDF—and was advised by a FOSS person, to submit in a ticket, here.

Namely:

  • The "Tor Button" is illegible (recommended replacement included)
  • The "NoScripts" icon is illegible (recommended replacement included)
  • Most of the functionality behind the TorButton should be in a preferences pane, not a toolbar button
  • The three pieces of functionality appropriate for toolbar buttons, should each have their own buttons. Replacement icons and interaction pane recommendations, included.

Document here, if I'm not able to upload it myself:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzRaXGZ006aoWHJLd0hBT3IyRUE

Child Tickets

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Change History (19)

comment:1 Changed 3 years ago by ninavizz

ok, my file was too big to upload—just use link to gdoc

comment:2 Changed 3 years ago by i139

Parent ID: #20843

comment:3 Changed 3 years ago by i139

very nice, I relly need this in the next TBB series

comment:4 Changed 3 years ago by ninavizz

Are there no paid designers or design leaders on the Tor project? These fixes were pretty obvious to me (a full time designer), and took less than an hour to bang out.

Last edited 3 years ago by ninavizz (previous) (diff)

comment:5 in reply to:  4 Changed 3 years ago by i139

Replying to ninavizz:

Are there no paid designers or design leaders on the Tor project?

from what I know are based on some encryption experts, but not any designer.

TBB was much worse than that, see older releases.

one big problem is the patches, who have to be rebased at every new Firefox ESR series released, it need a lot of redundant work, now exist the Firefox uplift proposal for soften this.

comment:6 Changed 3 years ago by ninavizz

User-centric designers, not electronic/cryptography systems designers. :)

Ok, so that needs to change. Tor needs to become more usable and more cognitively accessible to more humans everywhere. Research and academia are only a small part of that—but they do nothing, if there's nobody in the mix to create and drive solutions.

Last edited 3 years ago by ninavizz (previous) (diff)

comment:7 Changed 3 years ago by arthuredelstein

Cc: arthuredelstein added

comment:8 Changed 3 years ago by micahlee

Cc: micahlee added

I agree, these look like great UX improvements.

comment:9 Changed 3 years ago by i139

Cc: i139 added

comment:10 Changed 2 years ago by i139

Some plan who to deploy it? the new Tor Browser ESR52 migration looks a good time to implement those resources

comment:11 Changed 2 years ago by arma

Cc: linda added

comment:12 Changed 2 years ago by mcs

Cc: brade mcs added

comment:13 Changed 2 years ago by linda

I don't think we have a specific plan to deploy it, but these do look like great changes we want to integrate sometime.

comment:14 Changed 2 years ago by i139

what I understand about this changes.
now TBB use TorButton with six 'elements'

A. new identity
B. new tor circuit for this site
C. security settings
D. tor network settings
E. check for tor browser updates
F. tor circuit for this site

in this propose, those elements will be implemented in three buttons, rather than just one. but maybe two is enough.

well

The TBB will count on

1. intenty button (A. new identity)
2. circuit button (B. new tor circuit for this site F. tor circuit for this site)
3. security button (C. security settings)

at least, two elements have to be put in another place

D. tor network settings
E. check for tor browser updates

in my vision is more logical start with those changes moving elements D and E. I think put one shortcut in the 'Firefox menu' is enough for maintain they visible on TBB

comment:15 Changed 2 years ago by ninavizz

@i139 Linda is the UX director at Tor, and has implementation details (for all ux things, not just this one) carefully weighed in recommendations she makes to the internal dev leads. She's got lots in store, and I'm siked to see how Tor's usability improves over the next year!

comment:16 Changed 2 years ago by linda

Component: WebpagesApplications/Tor Browser
Keywords: ux-team added; UX UI removed

comment:17 Changed 17 months ago by tseretni-rmd

Cc: tseretni-rmd added

comment:18 Changed 14 months ago by arma

Cc: antonela added; linda removed

comment:19 Changed 9 months ago by gk

Resolution: fixed
Status: newclosed

We'll implement a "security button" over in #25658 and moved the circuit display out of Torbutton into the URL bar (#24309). The New Identity button will move to the toolbar, too, sooner or later. We have #27511 for that.

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