Strange and ugly dialog boxes

Dylan McCall dylanmccall at
Thu Apr 16 06:42:58 BST 2009

I was testing out Ubiquity today...

First of all, awesome work with the new time zone selector. Finally it
works really beautifully and gets the job done easily! (Does it do
anything particular with the chosen city, though? Time zone seems enough
to me, although perhaps there's some awesome localization magic I'm not
aware of). Oh, it looks nice, too. It would be nice if the new, custom
styled map was scalable, but at least it doesn't get blurry since it
doesn't try to scale at all! Err, nice stuff.

On to the problem I have. I was greeted, very frequently, by dialog
boxes that looked something like this:

"Blah blah blah blah... do you want to retry or continue
installing?" (Somewhere along those lines).
Responses: Go Back or Continue. The buttons always have these labels.
They have no context whatsoever. I had a lot of trouble figuring out
which button to press, and even after clicking Go Back assuming it would
try again to unmount a device (/cdrom, oddly... that seemed to fix
itself with a reboot) I didn't think I was doing the right thing. The
HIG tells us these buttons should have at least SOME context, like
"Retry" and "Continue installing" to refer to the body of the message.
The buttons aren't using stock stuff, either, which would at least
somewhat justify this. As is, there is no gain that I can see in being
so cryptic.

Keep in mind also that this is the INSTALLER. Scary stuff already, made
only more scary when the user must parse cryptic dialogs with double
negative responses along the way :P

Also with the dialogs, what's with that horizontal line dividing the
response buttons and the body? Sure, it looks pretty sharp, but this is
the only place I have ever seen that done. Is there a particular
reasoning or should it be removed?

Dylan McCall

With the USB install disk (which has a bit of persistent space), I
booted into OEM install mode. For some reason now, every time I boot
Ubiquity does an OEM install. Perhaps unwanted behaviour there. Can
anyone confirm that with a more recent version? My disk is with the
Jaunty beta.
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