Re: Trying a new toolbar style

On Wed, 2009-07-29 at 10:41 -0400, Matthias Clasen wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 9:38 AM, Thomas Wood<thos gnome org> wrote:
> > Hi folks,
> >
> > We've had a discussion on gnomecc list about removing the "Interface"
> > tab from the appearance capplet (see discussion¹ in the archive for
> > reasoning).
> >
> > However, before we do so, we would like to ensure the the defaults are
> > correct. The main reason for the tab being there at all is because
> > people felt the defaults are probably incorrect.
> >
> > The main default we would like to change is the "toolbar style"
> > settings. I have suggested¹ that there is broad support for the "text
> > beside icons" style, however there have been concerns that not all
> > applications implement it properly. It is important to note that in this
> > mode, only the most important toolbar items get text labels.
> >
> While I am all for dropping the interface tab, I think it is silly to
> ignore the results of distros which have already tried this change and
> found it to not work.
> As Calum said, OpenSolaris had to go back to text-below-icons because
> the mode you propose did not work as a default.

Calum, is there any chance you can provide a copy of Sun's findings WRT
to this reversion? It would of course be useful to understand the actual
reasoning made.

Personally I find no problem with the text-beside-icons, maybe there's
something I've missed. 

IMHO the vertical screen space is far more important than having labels
for every icon, especially now that we're seeing more widescreen laptops
and netbooks than old 4:3's because of this resolution in the vertical
is reducing in most cases from 1024 to 800 pixels tall. 


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