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Re: New Menu category Applictions/Multimedia

Le lundi 15 février 2010 à 10:17 +0100, Petter Reinholdtsen a écrit :
> [Josselin Mouette]
> > The problem is not to implement this; it already exists. The problem
> > is that maintainers don’t fill these fields properly. I mean, even
> > KDE developers don’t.
> Is there some documentation on the web on how to fill inn these fields
> properly?


> > Certainly not. The original menu behavior completely sucks.
> In what way, do you mean?  I am trying to understand your opinion, and
> thus wonder what you mean by "completely suck".

The layout sucks: a good menu is hard to do because it must not be too
deep (too many clicks/movements to reach an application) nor too crowded
(too many applications in one submenu). The Debian menu is an
achievement in failure itself, since it manages to be both too deep and
have crowded submenus.

Furthermore it mixes applications, settings, and random unrelated stuff,
without any consideration of accessibility of said items. A window
manager switch item (something you won’t ever need, actually) is more
accessible than a terminal or a web browser.

Having a good, usable menu is a difficult task. You can’t just throw
hundreds of random entries in a menu with dubious tags and hope it will
be usable. For example, to make the settings menu look better, GNOME
developers had to redesign most capplets so that less of them were
required and it took them two releases. And it takes only one broken
package (Sun Java 6, not to name it) to make all this work useless.

 .''`.      Josselin Mouette
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