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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. 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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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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== Examples ==
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== Guidelines ==
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=== Is this the right control ===
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* Omit the status bar in the main window to maximize vertical space for content.
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** Do not show meaningless information like 'Ready'.
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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.
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** Move controls to the toolbar.
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* Do not display a status bar in secondary or internal windows.
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* 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 ===
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* 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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* Do not use the status bar or any kind of replacement to display advisory messages in place of standard [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Tooltip|tool-tips]].
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* Keep the status information plain; e.g. do not add icons.
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===  Appearance ===
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==  Implementation ==
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==  References ==
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<references>
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[[Category:Usability]][[Category:Behavior]][[Category:Viewing_and_Navigation]][[Category:Access_functions]]
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