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Re: Bug#341054: cdebconf-gtk: Add support for info message

Frans Pop wrote:
On Tuesday 06 December 2005 14:26, Attilio Fiandrotti wrote:

I also think that, starting from his second installation, an user would
like to be able to use keyboard to install debian faster than before
since he's already confident with the debian installation procedures.

It should of course be documented in the Installation Guide. I think most users will be able to find the available keyboard shortcuts. <TAB> and <Enter> are intuitive enough. Escape is used so seldom that just tabbing to the button is an acceptable alternative IMO for those who can't find the <Esc> key shortcut.

The only one I had to search for a bit is <+> to expand the country list.

Another option especially suitable for the graphical installer is a small help icon somewhere that would pop-up a help screen which could show the shortcuts. I still don't see any reason to list them on the main screen.

This sounds good to me: we could place a "?" button on the left of the "back" button that, clicked, opens a popup modal window that reads (hypotetical name) the "debconf/gtk-help-line" questions. In this new INFO question we could put all, GTK specific or not, shortcuts we want to suggest the user to use (<ENTER> to go next, <ESC> to go back, <+> to expand a tree ecc...) without polluting the main screen with debconf/help-line output.

what do you think is the best arrangement?

[1] https://debian.polito.it/downloads/message_statusbar.png
[2] https://debian.polito.it/downloads/message_label.png

Well, I prefer [1]. But then again, see my earlier comments :-P

[3] https://debian.polito.it/downloads/message_label_rescue.png

Rescue mode could be a bit bigger and maybe could even be put on top of the logo (upper right corner), maybe with a border around it (automatically grow to the left) when an info text is dispayed.

Even without the help text, I feel the info text should be at the top of the screen.

If i'm not wrong GTK or libpng offer a simple (ok, let's say "not so complicated") method to add text over a PNG image: we could then put the rescue/info message in the top-left corner of the screen.



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