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== Purpose ==
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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.
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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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== Examples ==
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== Guidelines ==
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=== Is this the right control ===
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* Provide a status bar in the main window of every standard application.
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* Do not display a status bar in secondary or internal windows.
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===  Behavior ===
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* Do not use status bars for crucial information. Users should never have to know what is in the status bar. Otherwise consider to use [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Tooltip| tool-tips]] or a [[Projects/Usability/HIG/MessageWidget|message panel]].
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* Do not use the status bar to display advisory messages in place of standard [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Tooltip|tool-tips]].
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* Consider to make status bar areas interactive, e.g. with a slider to zoom content. The interaction with controls placed within the status bar is a convenience feature and must not be the only way to execute an action.
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* Do not hide the status bars by default. If configurable, users should easily be able to make it viewable again.
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===  Appearance ===
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* When different information are shown the content of a status bar should be structured in panels.
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* Keep the status bar plain; do not add icons.
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==  Implementation ==
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[[Category:Usability]][[Category:Behavior]][[Category:Viewing_and_Navigation]][[Category:Access_functions]]
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