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This is the planning page for KDE Usability Project meetings on #kde-usability on The purpose of the meetings is to Get Usability Stuff Done. These meetings are free for anyone to listen in on; however, they are mostly for designers and developers. For more information scroll and read About the Usability Meetings.


Next Meeting in May

The next meeting will sometime near the end of June 2009 in #kde-usability.

Previous Meetings

Meeting Topics

Add meeting topics you would like to discuss. Not all of the topics will be able to be covered in a single meeting and so might be deferred until later. Please include your name/irc nick and a link to a project page or bug.

  1. KWin: Placement policy 'Remember' (Bug 15329)
  2. To which menu entry we should add icons, and to which one we shouldn't add icons. ( Possible UI case could by Qt application Kadu Instant Messenger: 1) , 2) , 3) , 4) [Too many icons] )
  3. Desktop Settings Dialog: Review its usability (Anne-Marie Mahfouf)
    1. Improve Desktop Theme: Customized (works with Desktop Theme Details kcm from System Settings)
    2. Add SlideShow effects options: where, how
  4. KDE4 KMail 1.11.1 doesnt store column order (Bug 186841).
  5. lots of drawing glitches, mostly in tray
  6. DragonPlayer general usability
  7. Quit should exit totally the application? (Bug 180466) Can this bug be closed?
  8. problems with small screens (netbooks): mainly kde-pim is not prepared for small screens like the eeepc one (some places with no scrollbar for example).
  9. Copy dialog start / stop buttons inoperative when panel is locked (
  10. 'Full Screen' option should really be in the 'View' menu (
  11. no option should require good reflex and/or mouse handling skills (
  12. No indication of currently focused area (
  13. Wish: Folder Icon indicates empty folder (
  14. Ability to place a toolbar on the right of the menu bar (
  15. Separate fonts for different languages (
  16. KDE errors: Option for non-translated English version (
  17. Resize windows based on drag location (
  18. (Line to) indicate previous page boundary when scrolling a document (
  19. Wish: Delete shows size/contents (
  20. Add any button to toolbar (
  21. Analog clock difficult to read with dark theme (
  22. Kate's "Settings" menu bar action, should be like the rest of applications... the "Settings" should be at the bottom, Configure Shortcuts is above, and Configure Toolbars is above that. Image: (sreich)
  23. KMail: review sort order and aggregation mode settings (the two little icon buttons at the top right). Currently a bit confusing. Problem 1: The meaning of buttons/icons itself. Problem 2: The meanings of labels are unclear e.g. "Current Activity". Problem 3: changing it for one folder always changes the default too.
  24. Right-clicking Desktop and picking Settings isn't the same as going to System Settings and picking Desktop (Andrew Coles, coles on IRC).

About the Usability Meetings

We will discuss practical usability-related issues and attempt to reach reach a resolution. Usability topics which are too large or too broad may be too much to discuss in a single meeting and should be broken up into smaller issues or schedule a dedicated meeting.

Meetings are structured and attempt to follow a preset agenda. There is a meeting leader/moderator (probably seele) who will control the flow of discussion to help keep the meeting on track.

Meeting format is as follows: An agenda item will be presented, describing the problem and a proposed solution. If the item was suggested by someone in particular, they will be asked to provide additional information about the problem. Those in attendance will then be able to discuss the issues in the problem. The meeting moderator will attempt to keep the meeting on track of the topic.

Meetings are normally at 20UTC, alternating weekday and weekend days. Meetings will last no longer than 2 hours. If we do not get through the list in 2 hours, the topics will be covered in the next meeting. If we get through the list in < 2 hours and people are still responsive, we will possibly add an additional topic from the main meeting topics list if the people necessary for discussion are in attendance.

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