To continue my questions about the Notes selection model (we are thinking of making it available as a preference), is it best to retain the entire selection model, and if not, which parts can we ditch? I am inclined to retain the SELECTION part of the Notes model, but get rid of the FOCUS part-- I mean, the part where you can have FOCUS without SELECTION. The first picture below shows that the first item has BOTH the focus and the selection. The second item has only the selection.
HOWEVER, the "fun" begins when Samantha encounters things like the following picture:
She wants for forward the "ACM Online Purchase" information to the accounting department. But she is not sure WHAT exactly will get forwarded when she clicks "Forward" from here. She certainly doesn't want to send them her Google password! And she seems to often accidentally move the wrong message to a folder. When this happens she utters an unkind word about Lotus Notes.
The worst time, however, was when she thought she was replying to one mail from her boss, and instead it concatenated all of her selected documents and forwarded them on! She almost has a heart attack! Especially because one of them said something very very unpleasant about what a complete idiot her boss was!
As you can tell from my examples, I think that "Focus without selection" violates the prime directive of user interface design, which is:
Don't Make Me Look Stuipd!
Of course, maybe there are millions of happy users out there who are going to miss this bit about Notes selection/focus. If there are, please let me know now so that *I* will not look stupid by removing this feature.