Re: [Usability] Close vs Exit vs Quit definitions.

On Mon, 2004-04-19 at 15:52 +0100, Patrick Costello wrote:
> All, 
> I noticed recently that the topic of close vs exit vs quit was discussed
> again
> on this mailing list.  This is timely because we documenters need to
> resolve this issue. Basically, all these terms are used in GNOME
> applications, sometimes interchangeably, and often inconsistently. For the
> purpose of creating consistent documentation, as well as for creating a
> consistent user experience, we need to address the following questions: 
> 1. Are the terms close, quit, and exit synonymous as used in the GNOME
> Desktop? If they are synonymous, which term should we recommend, and why
> should one term take precedence over the other? 
> 2. Do the terms close, quit, and exit express different states of action?
> If so, what is the difference?


The HIG defines what terms to use in the UI already. The HIG usage is:

Close means "close this document (window)".
Quit means "quit this task".
Exit should not be used, because one doesn't "exit" a task.

So, any "Exit" items which appear in the desktop are a bug according to
the HIG.


    Jim Cape

    "We still name our military helicopter gunships after
     victims of genocide. Nobody bats an eyelash about
     that: Blackhawk. Apache. And Comanche. If the
     Luftwaffe named its military helicopters Jew and
     Gypsy, I suppose people would notice."
       -- Noam Chomsky, "Propaganda and the Public Mind"

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