Quicklauncher confused with System Tray?

Ryan Kavanagh ryanakca at kubuntu.org
Wed Mar 7 01:27:35 GMT 2007

On March 6, 2007, Lex Hider wrote:
> Hi,
> I have a comment after installing latest feisty kubuntu.
> I think the System Tray and the Quicklauncher (4 app launcher in one button
> space) look too similar, and will be confusing to some users.
> If we continue to use quicklauncher, it should be changed to be visually
> distinct from the system tray.
> A good example is when kopete and amarok are opened. You have identical
> icons on the panel. How is the user to know which one to click on to
> perform actions?
> Lexual.

I agree and disagree.
If you clicked on amarok in QL, and you already had an amarok open in the 
systray, it would simply bring the existing amarok window forward. Same for 
kopete. It they right clicked it, they would see "Configure Quick Launcher", 
instead of play, pause, etc. They would then deduce that it must be the other 
one that's the systray. They'd also learn that they can configure and add 
apps to QL by doing so... but, on the other hand, I know what both of them 
are. How to make them visually different? Maybe make they systray, clock and 
trash background slightly darker, dunno, It'll probably be up to kwwii's 
artistic magic.

Just my 2¢,
Good point though. Maybe do a couple usability tests on it? (Forget the link 
on the wiki)


Ryan Kavanagh (ryanakca)
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