gui design – When creating a GUI wizard, should all pages/tabs be of the same size?

Wizard vs. Tabs
Use a Wizard, when you want to guide the user through multiple requried steps.
Use Tabs when the user can select an arbitrary tab, make changes, and then commit them without looking at the other tabs.

I always find “Tabs with Back/Next” awkward. I understand the idea to provide a little “ramp” between novice and advanced users, but in most cases I’ve seen, the design of the individual pages isn’t suitable for novice users.


For a wizard, it’s not just size – the user should have the impression he interacts with the same window all the time. This is commonly achieved through a header and other control elements in the same position throughout all pages, and same size.

Example: Installshield violates the “same window” metaphor pretty badly (though it’s not too obvious): each page is a new modal dialog, centered on the primary monitor. So move the window to another position, click next, and bam, your window is back where it was. Aaaargh!

In a wizard, a changing form size is quite awkward for users. It’s like holding his hand, but you are constantly dancing around him. In more serious terms: the user action (clicking “Next”) has an unexpected side effect (“Window size changes”). This decreases the users perceived control over the software.

I’d argue that even for tabs, changing sizes are awkward. First, it looks shitty – which subjective. Second, if you position the window containing the tabs so that they are in the corner of a screen to reveal another document on your desktop, an you switch to another page, either part of your dialog vanishes, or it jumps further into the desktop, potentially covering other things.

(Full disclosure: I am working on an app which does that, and it’s my fault. Watching users pull around that poor little dialog makes me cringe. It’s one of those little speed-bumps that build up annoyance).

If the choice is between “a little crowded” and “almost empty”, it’s usually fine. Empty space looks good. Just having a large prominent window with a single input field makes a clear statement: this is your next step, and it’s darn easy. That’s exactly the message you want to send with a wizard.

Change size of modal in wizard experience

I am building a wizard experience to guide a user through a complex setup flow. In the flow, some steps require more space and some require less space. Does it make sense to change the modal size on each step or to keep it the same?

Could you justify the answer with a reason?

module – Bypass Web Setup Wizard for Extension Install

Scenario: I am trying to install the module/extension.

  1. I have ran the Web Setup Wizard:

“Your current PHP memory limit is 256M”

I changed the maxumim memory to “=2048” in php.ini.

I found out I am unable to restart the server because it is a bluehost shared server, which I believe is required for this change to take effect. Any readiness check seems to fail because of the 256M limit.

  1. I tried using composer.json to circumvent the Web Setup Wizard and execute commands via PuTTY:

I tried to add the module to the composure.json manually, and attempted to run the magento update from my root directory and was denied access due to permissions.

Question: Is upgrading to a dedicated VPS so I have more control my only option to resolve the scenario, and is it in my best interest to do so in the long run anyway? I dont have an issue doing so if it is needed, especially if I will frequently need su ability.

dnd 5e – Can a wizard under the effects of Feign Death issue telepathic commands to their familiar?

The rules for telepathic monsters, for comparison, read, in part:

A telepathic monster doesn’t need to see a contacted creature and can end the telepathic contact at any time. The contact is broken as soon as the two creatures are no longer within range of each other or if the telepathic monster contacts a different creature within range. A telepathic monster can initiate or terminate a telepathic conversation without using an action, but while the monster is incapacitated, it can’t initiate telepathic contact, and any current contact is terminated.

Whereas the rules for familiars read, in part:

While your familiar is within 100 feet of you, you can communicate with it telepathically. Additionally, as an action, you can see through your familiar’s eyes and hear what it hears until the start of your next turn, gaining the benefits of any Special Senses that the familiar has. During this time, you are deaf and blind with regard to your own Senses.

While both kinds of telepathy do not require actions, only the monster telepathy calls out that it is severed by incapacitation, which it must because ordinarily incapacitation only prevents Actions and Reactions (and thus implicitly Bonus Actions and, post-errata, legendary & lair actions, but not movement or free object interactions) from being taken:

An incapacitated creature can’t take Actions or Reactions.

(That is the sum total rules for the specially-defined incapacitated condition)

Note as well that if you begin seeing through your familiar before casting Feign Death, you can continue making use of your familiar’s senses, though you cannot begin doing so after becoming incapacitated.

dnd 5e – What happens if a wizard attempts to create a complex object made of many parts using the True Polymorph spell?

What happens if a wizard attempts to create a complex object made of many parts using the True Polymorph spell?

Let’s say that a wizard tries to create a large ship/boat using True Polymorph. Now, a boat is made of a main wooden body and many other parts, more or less “removable” (e.g. sails, wheel, furniture, crates, ropes). Are they created along with the main body? Is it necessary to roll some kind of knowledge check to determine the result?

dnd 5e – Sorcerer 18 Wizard 2 Viable multiclass?

Would taking 18 levels of sorcerer and then taking 2 levels of divination wizard (for portent) be a competent multiclass even with the drawbacks for multiclassing?
I am currently using a variant human and base intelligence score is 12, so it can multi-class

dnd 5e – What happens if a wizard attempts to create a complex object using True Polymorph?

Let’s say that a wizard tries to create a vessel using True Polymorph. Now, a vessel is made of a main wooden body and many other parts, more or less “removable” (e.g. sails, wheel, furniture, crates, ropes). Are they created along with the main body? Is it necessary to roll for some knowledge check to determine the result?

dnd 5th – How can a wizard add his Magic Missile damage ability mod to a character level below the enhanced evocation feature?

Considering the fact that Lore Master Wizard and Phoenix Sorcerer are over 2 years old and have not been published in any book, it is safe to think that they could be rejected and that the ideas are not really good balanced. Like so, like any other hardware in UA, these are not valid choices in Adventure League, and your DM may not let you choose them.

Putting that aside, and just by RAW, a Lore Master Wizard 2 / Phoenix Sorcerer 1 could add charisma to its magic missiles by modifying their fire damage (only one minute between long rests), and a Lore Master Wizard 2 / Draconic Sorcerer 6 can benefit from the same bonus with any element of your inheritance, because none of the effects specify a sorcerer / sorcerer spell (Empowered Evocation specifies the sorcerer Evocation spell)

You must be at least 13 in CHA and INT to become a wizard / wizard, so I could argue the benefit of investing resources in the 2 most common stats in 5th, but ask your GM before Try to build this.

dnd 5th – Is it possible for a wizard to write all the ritual spells he knows in the ritual book of Ritual Caster Feat when he acquires this feat?

I was reading D&D beyond the wild magic wizard and I was thinking of something when I read the recommended exploits, especially the Feat Ritual Caster:

Is it possible for a wizard to write all of the ritual spells he knows in the Ritual Caster Feat ritual book when he acquires this feat? Or do they have to find the written version somewhere?

In the description of the feat, it sounds like no, but I feel like it doesn't make sense, because the wizard knows the spells.