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? [snip] 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. http://developer.gnome.org/projects/gup/hig/1.0/language.html#id2862949 http://developer.gnome.org/projects/gup/hig/1.0/menus.html#the-file-menu So, any "Exit" items which appear in the desktop are a bug according to the HIG. -- Peace, Jim Cape http://ignore-your.tv "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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