[Rhythmbox-devel] Re: [Usability] Rhythmbox tray icon - again


I noticed one problem with hiding rb's main window:

if you close rb while hidden, it will restart hidden. The problem is
that it doesn't start playing when launched. So, you light have the
situation where you click on rb's icon, wait for it to start, don't
notice the "notification icon" and don't understand why you don't get
music at all.

So, if you want to enable the possibility to hide RB on startup, it
would be great if it could also start playing after being launched.

On Fri, 2003-08-29 at 03:34, Colin Walters wrote:
> Hi,
> A number of people have complained about the recent change to Rhythmbox
> that removed the ability to completely hide the window (remove it from
> tasklist, etc) via the tray icon.  Seth Nickell made the suggestion that
> Rhythmbox pop up a menu on left click, which made a lot of sense to me,
> since I thought it would be what most people used the tray icon for.
> It turns out that more people than I thought use the "minimize to tray"
> feature.  I don't personally use it, and I thought it was a little
> crack, so I was just going to ignore the requests to add it back.  
> However, then someone pointed out to me that the GNOME CD player does
> this "minimize to tray" thing too.  Since there's precendent, that made
> me rethink things.  So this raises some questions:
> 1) Is this feature total crack or not?  One concern - could it
> potentially be confusing to newbies who have accidentally hidden then
> window and then don't know how to get it back?
> 2) If it's not crack, is it a good idea to do this on left click?
> 3) Also if it's not crack, shouldn't we have some sort of standard
> terminology for this?  "Minimize to tray" doesn't sound good at all, and
> "Hide window" seems a little too weak.
> Having posed the above questions, let me give my feelings:
> 1) It's not (total) crack, at least for applications like music players
> which you use for a few seconds to pick a song and then want out of your
> hair.
> 2) I think it's a bad idea to do this on left click.  It should happen
> via a context menu where the user has some clue about what's going on. 
> Also, I think it would be good to change the tray icon somehow to let
> the user know the window is hidden.
> 3) For lack of a better term, I would go with "[Hide/Show] Window".
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