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Re: [desktop] why kde and gnome's menu situation sucks

On Thu, Oct 24, 2002 at 10:41:16AM +0200, Emile van Bergen scribbled:
> >     Solitaire
> >     Miner
> >   Multimedia
> >     Music Player
> >     CD Player
> >     Movie Player
> > 
> > And what hides behind these labels doesn't matter to our Joe user. They see
> > the same entries whether they use KDE or GNOME. No need to make the
> > distinction on the menu level. That has one additional advantage - unified 
> > documentation.
> This is an /excellent/ idea, IMHO. Those semi-humorous gnome/kde
> application names don't mean anything to the average computer user
> anyway.
Yes, I agree. All of us might like them, but then, we're not newbies :)

> One more thing to keep an eye on is grouping of items. Of course this
> can be done by creating hierarchies like you suggest, but as has been
> pointed out numerous times, that can be very bad from an ergonomic
> standpoint. An alternative could be to replace the group container with
> a thin separator line. 
That would result in a spagetti length menus, which isn't good as well. Menu
scrolling out of the screen edge is not a very plausible view. And remember
that not all users have 19" monitors in the 1600x1280 mode :-)


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