< Projects | Usability | HIG | SOU WorkspaceRevision as of 22:01, 11 September 2008 by Colomar (talk | contribs) (New page: A status bar is an area at the bottom of a window that can be used to display brief information about the status of the application. === Guidelines === == Selecting the right information...)(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff) A status bar is an area at the bottom of a window that can be used to display brief information about the status of the application. Contents 1 Guidelines 2 Selecting the right information 3 Status bar layout 4 Providing contextual help Guidelines Selecting the right information Use statusbars for information that is Relevant to the current user in the current situation Not critical (i.e. information that does not need immediate response) Examples: General information about the document or application. For example, current connection status in a network application, or the size of the current document in a text editor. Progress of a background operation. For example, "Sending to printer", "Printing page 10 of 20", "Printing Complete". Information about the task the user is currently performing. For example, while using the selection tool in a drawing application, "Hold Shift to extend the selection" A description of the control or area of the window under the mouse pointer. For example, "Drop files here to upload them" Do not use status bars for Information that most users won't need while using the application. Put that information in a log file or display it in a dialog on demand. Critical information to which users need to respond in order to complete their task or avoid loosing any work. Display critical information in a dialog instead. Users may miss information displayed in a status bar and some novice users might not even notice the status bar at all. Examples: Information about routine checks (unless something - non-critical - has happened) An error that occured while fetching a file from the internet that is needed for the task at hand An error that occured while trying to save a file Status bar layout Disply status messages on the left end of the status bar Providing contextual help Retrieved from "https://techbase.kde.org/index.php?title=Projects/Usability/HIG/SOU_Workspace/Status_Bar&oldid=32986" Content is available under Creative Commons License SA 4.0 unless otherwise noted.