This will be the first page that the user will encounterupon launching the interface. It can beseen that the default font size is set to “medium”, as it is a safemiddle-ground in which the average user can feel comfortable with. Because this is a prototype, the font sizechange is only available on this page, but it demonstrates that it can and willbe applied throughout if the interface was to be completed. The drop-down combo-boxes and radio buttonsare present for the user to alter to their desired flight booking needs, beforeeventually checking the available fares.
The user is able to choose from any of the departure andarrival destinations from a combo-box. There is a standing issue whichconcerns the ability to choose the same location for both departure andarrival, although this is a database-related matter which requires a deeperknowledge of programming. For theworking prototype, the default depart/arrive locations have been set to “CityAirport” and “Norwich”, respectively.
The date selection isseparated into 3 combo boxes (day, month and year respectively) which allow theuser to be very specific as to when they wish their flight to be booked. This can be done for both depart and returndates (if the user chooses a return ticket) but at present does not affect theoutcome of the following page, prompting users to choose a flight plan. The year goes up to 2015 as it is assumed bythis date that FlyGreenwich would have been long since updated.
Up to 5 passengers canbe chosen from a drop-down menu. Thereason for making the maximum number 5 is that this is the average family sizetherefore it would be logical to set it to this number, as it is unlikely that5 tickets will be purchased at one time. With this being said, if a group of people such as school trip was towish to book tickets, they would have to do it 5 at a time which is not ideal;this could be a future development for this interface.
When the user selects ‘one way’, the return date drop-downboxes become hidden. When the ‘return’button is selected, it becomes visible (return is default). This was done by putting a black box on frame2, which is visited when the one way button is highlighted. There was an issue with this, however, as thecombo-boxes were still present even though they were not visible. This meant that if the user clicked on thearea where they once were, a drop-down menu would still appear out of theblackness. This was eventually rectifiedby simply removing the boxes on frame 2, thus eliminating the issue.