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Sometimes additional Information has to be given to the user to allow him/her to correctly use a widget/form/dialog or to warn of possibly harmful settings.
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==Guidelines==
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There are three ways to provide additional information in KDE4:
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* Additional Text directly on the interface
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* Tooltips
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* The "What's this?"-Function (?-Icon)
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===Additional UI-Text===
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Use this method if
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*most users are likely to need the information to correctly use a widget or a whole dialog/form
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*the window in which it is displayed is not used regularly
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*or if the user has to be warned of potentially harmful actions ''before'' using the widget
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*If the note/instruction concerns the entire dialog or form, place it below it's title with at least one text-height of space above and below it. Display an information/warning-icon before the text
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*If the note/instruction concerns a group of widgets, place it at the top of the group, but inside it's frame
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*If the note/instruction concerns a single widget, place it above the widget. Place it closer to the widget concerned than to the one above to make the connection clear
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[[Image:Info group.png|Example of supplemental information on a group of options]]
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''Supplemental information (in this case a warning) given on a group of options''
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===Tooltips===
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Use this method if
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*many users need the information, but only the first time they are using the dialog/form
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*Users are unlikely to be hovering the cursor over the widget unless they are looking for additional information
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*The description can be short (no more then 25 words)
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===The "What's this?"-Function===
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Use this method if
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*only few users are likely to need the information
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*or if users are likely to often hover the cursor over a widget, thus making tooltips annoying
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*the description would be too long for a tooltip
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