Date picker is confusing when selecting the year first

Bug #919599 reported by Nicolas Delvaux on 2012-01-21
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ayatana Design
Matthew Paul Thomas
Indicator Date and Time
indicator-datetime (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

This is a usability bug my parents reported to me last month.

Use case: it's mid-December 2011 and you want to plan your next holidays in August 2012.

What my parents did:

- Opened the calendar indicator
- Set the year to 2012
- Increase the month from December to August (so the year became 2013)
- Thought the calendar is buggy because this August calendar is not the same as in a paper calendar (they did not noticed/expected that the year was bumped when the month passed from December to January).

I see two potential solutions:

- Do not raise the year when picking a month if the user has just selected a year (may not work for all use case?)
- Make the year bump more noticeable (use a graphical effect)

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
Package: indicator-datetime 0.3.1-0ubuntu1.1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.0.0-15.25-generic 3.0.13
Uname: Linux 3.0.0-15-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 1.23-0ubuntu4
Architecture: amd64
Date: Sat Jan 21 12:04:30 2012
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot" - Release amd64 (20111012)
SourcePackage: indicator-datetime
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to oneiric on 2011-12-13 (38 days ago)

Nicolas Delvaux (malizor) wrote :
Bilal Akhtar (bilalakhtar) wrote :

Highly trivial bug, the fix of which may break more than fix, but I'll leave it to the designers to discuss and accept/reject.

tags: added: needs-design
Changed in indicator-datetime:
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in indicator-datetime (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
John Lea (johnlea) wrote :

Hi MPT, could you reply to this bug. thx!

Changed in ayatana-design:
assignee: nobody → Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt)
status: New → Incomplete
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for indicator-datetime (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in indicator-datetime (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Expired
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