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== Purpose ==
 
== Purpose ==
A ''status bar'' is an area at the bottom of a primary window that displays information about the current window's state, background tasks, or other contextual information. The status bar ‘frames’ the form and, thereby, has a white-space function which is part of the operating system or desktop environment branding. Because secondary forms like dialog boxes must not use a status bar it denotes a form as primary window too.  
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A ''status bar'' is an area at the bottom of a primary window that displays information about the current window's state, background tasks, or other contextual information.  
  
KDE applications should not use a conventional status bar by default to maximize the space for content <ref>http://user-prompt.com/what-is-a-status-bar-good-for/</ref>.
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KDE applications should not use a conventional status bar by default in favor of maximized space for content <ref>http://user-prompt.com/what-is-a-status-bar-good-for/</ref>.
  
 
== Examples ==
 
== Examples ==
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** Use a floating panel or [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Tooltip| tool-tips]] for short-term status information like full length text of links.
 
** Use a floating panel or [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Tooltip| tool-tips]] for short-term status information like full length text of links.
 
** Move controls to the toolbar.
 
** Move controls to the toolbar.
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** If you cannot find good replacements for status bar functions, please ask the [mailto:kde-usability@kde.org usability team] for support.
 
* Do not display a status bar in secondary or internal windows.
 
* Do not display a status bar in secondary or internal windows.
 
* If a status bar is really necessary in your application consider to use a [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Toolbar| toolbar]] with all customization features.
 
* If a status bar is really necessary in your application consider to use a [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Toolbar| toolbar]] with all customization features.
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===  Behavior ===
 
===  Behavior ===
 
* Do not use the status bars or any kind of replacement for crucial information. Users should never have to know what is in the status bar.
 
* Do not use the status bars or any kind of replacement for crucial information. Users should never have to know what is in the status bar.

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[edit] Purpose

A status bar is an area at the bottom of a primary window that displays information about the current window's state, background tasks, or other contextual information.

KDE applications should not use a conventional status bar by default in favor of maximized space for content [1].

[edit] Examples

[edit] Guidelines

[edit] Is this the right control

  • Omit the status bar in the main window to maximize vertical space for content.
    • Do not show meaningless information like 'Ready'.
    • Use a floating panel or tool-tips for short-term status information like full length text of links.
    • Move controls to the toolbar.
    • If you cannot find good replacements for status bar functions, please ask the usability team for support.
  • Do not display a status bar in secondary or internal windows.
  • If a status bar is really necessary in your application consider to use a toolbar with all customization features.

[edit] Behavior

  • Do not use the status bars or any kind of replacement for crucial information. Users should never have to know what is in the status bar.
  • Do not use the status bar or any kind of replacement to display advisory messages in place of standard tool-tips.
  • Keep the status information plain; e.g. do not add icons.

[edit] Appearance

[edit] Implementation

[edit] References

  1. http://user-prompt.com/what-is-a-status-bar-good-for/

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