tom haynes

Inconsistency

Screenshot from this page of Mirlyn search results:

Notice the words used next to the checkboxes under the helpful “No Image” images: Select for the unselected boxes and Selected for the selected ones. The problem here is that the words are describing different things depending on the mode. One is a mode and one is an action. In order to be consistent, the boxes should say either “Select”/”Unselect” or “Unselected”/”Selected.” But really both of these are silly, because all of this information is already conveyed with the checkbox. People know that items are selected when the box is checked, and that clicking the box will change the state.

I have more complaints with this page, but I’ll save them for later.

MLibrary search

Just did a quick search for a textbook and noticed some things that could be improved on the results page.

As you can see, there are multiple copies of the same book listed. Turns out they’re at different libraries, but it should a) group them together or b) list the disambiguating library name in the results. Don’t make me open them all in new tabs to see what the difference is.

What the above shows is copy that says “Try ‘Browse'” but then I have to scan the entire page to see what or where “Browse” is. Why not just link to the browse page?

I’m submitting this as feedback to the MLibrary people; hopefully they will fix these problems.