< Projects | Usability | HIGRevision as of 12:08, 2 October 2013 by Htietze (talk | contribs) (→Behavior)(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff) Purpose A status bar is an area at the bottom of a primary window that displays information about the current window's state (such as what is being viewed and how), background tasks (such as printing, scanning, and formatting), or other contextual information (e.g. selection, keyboard state, etc.). Examples Guidelines Is this the right control Provide a status bar in the main window of every standard application. Do not display a status bar in secondary or internal windows. Behavior Do not use status bars for crucial information. Users should never have to know what is in the status bar. Otherwise consider to use tool-tips or a message panel. Do not use the status bar to display advisory messages in place of standard tool-tips. Do not make a status bar area interactive in standard applications. because those features are difficult to understand for non-experts. Appearance When different information are shown the content of a status bar should be structured in panels. Keep the status bar plain; do not add icons. Implementation Retrieved from "https://techbase.kde.org/index.php?title=Projects/Usability/HIG/StatusBar&oldid=81068" Categories: UsabilityBehaviorViewing and NavigationAccess functions Content is available under Creative Commons License SA 4.0 unless otherwise noted.