Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 858401
f18 anaconda timezone map: cities positions on the map seems wrong
Last modified: 2014-01-02 10:35:01 EST
Created attachment 614136 [details]
buenos aires is not there
Description of problem:
See attached pictures.
Some cities (or all) seems to be in an incorrect positions on the map.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
f18a rc3 (anaconda 18.6.8)
Steps to Reproduce:
1. select 'buenos aires' or 'montevideo'
2. incorrect city location.
just an incorrect map, it does not prevent anaconda from
setting the timezone. Seems "aesthetic" issue.
Created attachment 614138 [details]
montevideo is also wrong
AFAICT, the location of Buenos Aires as indicated by the orange pin in the first attachment is the same as it is on this map of the time zones of the world:
File:Standard time zones of the world.png
The pin for Montevideo also appears to be correctly positioned:
We are using the same map widget as gnome-control-center. Please see
(In reply to comment #3)
> We are using the same map widget as gnome-control-center. Please see
Thanks for pointing that out.
Reartes: Did you notice that the location is shown by a "3D" map pin? The pinhead is an orange sphere. The location is where the stem of the pin sticks into the map.
Created attachment 615519 [details]
minipic of buenos aires
> Reartes: Did you notice that the location is shown by a
> "3D" map pin? The pinhead is an orange sphere. The location
> is where the stem of the pin sticks into the map.
WoW, it was actually a pinhead... no i did not notice it. :-(
And i definitively did not notice the '3D' aspect at all. I am using VESA
in a KVM GUEST, so maybe it requires radeon/intel/nouveau. ?
Created attachment 615520 [details]
minipic of montevideo
(In reply to comment #5)
> Created attachment 615519 [details]
> minipic of buenos aires
> > Reartes: Did you notice that the location is shown by a
> > "3D" map pin? The pinhead is an orange sphere. The location
> > is where the stem of the pin sticks into the map.
> WoW, it was actually a pinhead... no i did not notice it. :-(
> And i definitively did not notice the '3D' aspect at all. I am using VESA
> in a KVM GUEST, so maybe it requires radeon/intel/nouveau. ?
It's not '3D' as technology, it's just a '3D-look effect. Do you think it would be better to use just the circle? g-c-c map uses this pin and I wanted to make our map consistent with the g-c-c's one, but it's an easy fix.
> it's just a '3D-look effect. Do you think it would be better
> to use just the circle?
Yes, a circle or just a point. That is a (very) old 'convention' for
marking cities on a map.
Using pinheads might be useful when marking custom location on a physical map.
But using pinheads on a digital map seems like a form of skeuomorphism. While
skeuomorphism is not bad per-se, i am really against it personally.
Máirín: I'm adding you to the CC list, because this bug is getting into questions of map design.
Google Maps uses a balloon pointer with a shadow:
Examples of various map icons:
A rationale for using a pinhead is that it can be offset from the location, so that the pinhead does not obscure the location. A balloon pointer does the same thing, but it might be easier to interpret.
Created attachment 616858 [details]
pin.png from anaconda git
For reference, this is pin.png from the anaconda git. It is a 16x16 pixmap from:
Reartes: Your image attachments could be opened from a web browser if they were MIME Type "image/png". The MIME Type can be changed by clicking "Details", "edit details".
Google Maps uses the pinhead to mark locations, not cities (area). And the map
can be zoomed. Actually, it has a different purpose than anaconda's one.
In comment #10 link, the pinhead is over the city (which is still a circle).
Also the readability of the pinhead in the example map (Google) is very good.
In the anaconda case it is not. If the intention is to continue using the pinhead, then at least it should be improved somehow.
Maybe changing the color of the 'pin' of the head to black might help. Or maybe making the 'pin' of the head wider. Currently, the 'pin' of the head is not easy to be seen. I can see it, but i missed it completely the first time, and there are people which will not see it at all.
Also Google's pinhead is better because the figure of the pinhead makes it very readable. In anaconda's case, it is a full circle (or sphere) and a pin. Anaconda's circle does not hint of the 'pin'. If one does not actually see the 'pin', then one might conclude that the circle is the city.
FWIW I think any improvements made to this widget should be made upstream in gnome, I think it would be a shame to carry a fork of it. Part of what we're trying to do with the UI redesign is be more consistent with configuration in the OS itself, if we veer off in our own direction we lose that consistency.
I do agree with comment #13, this should be solved (or not) in upstream (gnome).
Maybe this bug-report can be closed.
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Closing per comment 13, and since anaconda is now using libtimezonemap for the timezone widget.