[haiku-commits] Re: haiku: hrev44535 - in src: servers/mail kits/tracker apps/glteapot apps/icon-o-matic servers/bluetooth

  • From: John Scipione <jscipione@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: haiku-commits@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2012 13:35:09 -0400

On Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 12:20 PM, Rene Gollent <anevilyak@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On 8/17/12, John Scipione <jscipione@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > There is a good reason that Deskbar is inconsistent, it would be very
> > confusing for Deskbar to just say "Preferences" instead of "Deskbar
> > preferences" there. This is not true here.
> >
>
> Incorrect. That's only true if one already knows what Tracker is.
> Otherwise, simply Preferences is ambiguous, and would just as likely
> be interpreted as being preferences for that particular window/folder
> rather than the app as a whole.
>

Incorrect. The menu items in Deskbar require disambiguation because there
are 2 menu items related to preferences, a menu item for Deskbar
preferences and and a Preferences submenu. Tracker does not share this
ambiguity it has a single preference menu item.

The issue is not that the user does not know they are looking at and app
called Tracker. The issue is that the Preferences item is misplaced under
the Window menu making it look like it allows the user to alter preferences
related to the window. Renaming the menu item to "Tracker preferences" does
not help, it only makes the menu item appear to set preferences related to
tracking windows. (Window -> Tracker preferences = window tracker
preferences)

My suggestion is to make a menu called "Tracker" and put the Preferences
menu item under that. The point of this is to create a menu that references
the entire application. You could name the menu "Application" instead but
the application name is better IMHO, MediaPlayer uses this trick already.
Other menu items related to the entire app rather than the current file or
current window could also be placed there as well such a menu item to open
an about window.

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