On Wednesday 13 October 2010 22:58:52 Philipp =DCberbacher wrote:
Yes, tell that to the visually impaired users of your software... For some =
them, the ability to change the color-scheme (or even better just using the=
system-wide scheme) is _vital_. Or at least the only why to use your belove=
The same goes for fonts (type-face and sizes) and if you can use icons from=
the systems default, it will help users find the actions in the menus too.
> Also a lot more important than colors are shortcuts. 'Desktop guys',
This probably applies to gnome only...
KDE is very much keyboard usable and if the default shortcuts (with system-
wide presets) don't fit your style, you can change them both system-wide an=
application wide. Did I mention that you can have two shortcuts at the same=
time for each action?
Both are valid. CTRL+q shuts down the app, CTRL+w closes the window (like=20
ALT+F4 does). Sometimes both result in the same, sometimes not (depending i=
the app can be running as a systray-icon.
One more example:
There are several 'common' ways to search: '/', CTRL+F and F3. Now guess ho=
many of these chromium provides. And web-browsing is one of the most mouse-
(For a laugh: chromium is the only app I use daily that is _not_ reacting t=
CTRL+Q to quit the app, you have to use CTRL+Shift+Q...)
> The option to quit a program is probably the one thing almost all
Here is the interesting thing: Using the big, bad (really?) toolkits, you g=
that consistency for free. Its only the small 'we know better then all othe=
who struggle with this...
Which is why I am advocating the use of the more widely adopted toolkits.
I may sound offensive, which I don't intent. What I am trying to say is tha=
adhering to standards will free your mind from thinking about these basic=20
things. Which results in more time to think about the actual job your app=20
does. Which should result in more and better apps.
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