Re: [Usability] About Menu Items Proposal
- From: "Corey Burger" <corey burger gmail com>
- To: "Gnome usability" <usability gnome org>
- Subject: Re: [Usability] About Menu Items Proposal
- Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2006 20:18:57 -0700
On 10/12/06, Steven Garrity <stevelist silverorange com> wrote:
As it stands, most Gnome desktops have two About items on the
System/Desktop menu. One is About Gnome, the other is About
[Distro-name] (Fedora, Ubuntu, etc.).
Two menu items for such infrequently accessed, but necessary,
information seems unnecessary.
I would like to propose these two menu items be merged into one "About
this Computer" menu item. Under this item, both the Gnome information
*and* the distro-specific information would be shown.
I'm not sure how best to show both Gnome and Distro info in one window
would be. It could be a split screen, show one by default with a button
for the other, or have tabs, like we do for "Written by" and "Translated
by" in the Credits box in many apps.
Merging these could items together would make a frequently used menu
(also contains Shutdown, Logout, Help, etc.) one item smaller, and
hence, a little bit easier to use.
I have also posted this proposal on the wiki for people to add
So, does it make any sense?
Yes, this makes a great deal of sense. However, there are two issues
that I see. The first is, what do distros think abou this? Do they
feel that the about dialog is good branding? Second, a better term
than About this Computer needs to be found. After all, the dialog is
about *some* of the software on this machine, not the computer itself.
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