[wp-trac] [WordPress Trac] #30170: "Start Date"/"End Date" are confusing in the exporter

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Thu Jan 22 12:51:07 UTC 2015

#30170: "Start Date"/"End Date" are confusing in the exporter
 Reporter:  chrisvanpatten         |       Owner:
     Type:  enhancement            |      Status:  new
 Priority:  normal                 |   Milestone:  Awaiting Review
Component:  Export                 |     Version:
 Severity:  normal                 |  Resolution:
 Keywords:  ux-feedback has-patch  |     Focuses:  ui, administration

Comment (by barrybell):

 Is secretly switching input values around in the backend the absolute
 right way to handle this? Or would it be better to fix the immediate issue
 which is the ambiguity of the instructions?

 How about this:

 4) Get rid of the 'Start Date'/'End Date' <option>s in the dropdowns and
 replace them with 'From' and 'To' labels. In addition, preselect the
 oldest month in the 'From' dropdown and the newest month in the 'To'

 Option 3 would certainly cover users if they screw up, but the language
 ('Start Date'/'End Date') is still pretty ambiguous, given that blog posts
 are usually ordered by most recent date first in users' minds.

 Using 'From' and 'To' as labels for the dropdowns is a more natural way to
 ask a user for a date range in this situation. And by preselecting the
 oldest and newest months, we're also reinforcing the correct way to input
 the range.

 What do you think?

Ticket URL: <https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/30170#comment:3>
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