[Etoys] A low floor "Paint" door into eToys
yoshiki at vpri.org
Mon Nov 24 13:52:25 EST 2008
At Mon, 24 Nov 2008 17:40:48 +0530,
K. K. Subramaniam wrote:
> On Saturday 22 Nov 2008 12:48:36 am Yoshiki Ohshima wrote:
> > I haven't forgotten your suggestion, but it still doesn't have the
> > thing unfortunately. But, I can show how you would do. I made a
> > little Etoys project. Download this:
> > http://dev.laptop.org/~yoshiki/etoys/SimplePaint.005.pr
> This is still modal.
Well, nobody claimed that it solves this problem.
> I found young children (non-English) have trouble dealing
> with such modal painting environments without "training". The paint tools are
> not child-friendly.
Do you mean that it can be fully non-modal?
> The tool cursors has no visual feedback of the picked
> The circle cursor even has its hot spot at 10 O'clock instead of the
Yes. That is easier to fix.
> The auto popup color panel is a major irritant.
I think so, too.
> Just move the cursor
> from the upper part of onion skin towards "clear" or "toss" to see what I
> mean. Whatever happened to the principle of least astonishment?
> Children learn to compensate for these irritants over time but is a modal
> paint tool really necessary?
Well, we aren't married to it. I once advocated that we really
don't need the rainbow palette, but some 100 colors is enough (and
that makes color-sees easier).
> Many of the paint tool functions can be achieved
> if we allow children to "embed" or "stamp" by a press-n-hold or lay pen
> trails using hold-n-drag. A child can spend more time "thinking" than
> worrying about missteps.
Isn't holding a key a modal operation?
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