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(Inspired by Aaron (not me) Akademy, Trying to make a list of consistancy related issues)
 
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What do we do well, and what do we need to work on, to avoid duplication of work, and keep users understanding how to use our product
 
What do we do well, and what do we need to work on, to avoid duplication of work, and keep users understanding how to use our product
 
  
  
 
== Plasmoids and windows ==
 
== Plasmoids and windows ==
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How do we keep people knowing if they are using a tear-out widget, or a plasmoid, or a panel, or a window, or a tool-tip, or a notification
 
How do we keep people knowing if they are using a tear-out widget, or a plasmoid, or a panel, or a window, or a tool-tip, or a notification
  
 
== Buttons & hyperlinks vs mouse over vs danger items ==
 
== Buttons & hyperlinks vs mouse over vs danger items ==
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; System Settings
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System Settings does not honor this, and is confusing because it requires double clicking to open a safe item when double click in file manager is on.
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Icons in a filemanager represent a file, and activiation may harm the system, so double-click has been a common way to open them.
 
Icons in a filemanager represent a file, and activiation may harm the system, so double-click has been a common way to open them.
  
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Single click buttons must be safe / require confirmation before doing something dangerous
 
Single click buttons must be safe / require confirmation before doing something dangerous
  
System Settings does not honor this, and is confusing because it requires double clicking to open a safe item when double click in file manager is on.
 
  
  
 
== Global vs Local settings ==
 
== Global vs Local settings ==
Configuration becomes non-trivial when each program has local over-ride of a global setting, however, we should be consistent in providing these options to our users.  This could all be done by the system so the work gets done once by kconfiguration, we could make it so every application that takes a global configuration, could be intercepted by the global  configuration manager.
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Application override of global Configuration is not standardized.
  
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We should make the kconfigure keep a mask for every application to override global settings. This way we don't have to make each program do extra stuff.
  
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example:
 
A person may want konqueror to always do things with single click, and dolphin to respect danger-item-activation
 
A person may want konqueror to always do things with single click, and dolphin to respect danger-item-activation
  

Latest revision as of 13:42, 25 July 2010

What do we do well, and what do we need to work on, to avoid duplication of work, and keep users understanding how to use our product


Contents

[edit] Plasmoids and windows

How do we keep people knowing if they are using a tear-out widget, or a plasmoid, or a panel, or a window, or a tool-tip, or a notification

[edit] Buttons & hyperlinks vs mouse over vs danger items

System Settings

System Settings does not honor this, and is confusing because it requires double clicking to open a safe item when double click in file manager is on.

Icons in a filemanager represent a file, and activiation may harm the system, so double-click has been a common way to open them.

Single click, hyperlinks must be safe, typically give indication by cursor change, or color change

Single click buttons must be safe / require confirmation before doing something dangerous


[edit] Global vs Local settings

Application override of global Configuration is not standardized.

We should make the kconfigure keep a mask for every application to override global settings. This way we don't have to make each program do extra stuff.

example: A person may want konqueror to always do things with single click, and dolphin to respect danger-item-activation

[edit] Pop ups vs pop-ins vs notifications

Most people seem to prefer pop-ins, There are a few important instances when to use pop-ups, and a few


[edit] Jargan

Settings vs configure


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