Quicklauncher confused with System Tray?

Martin Böhm martin.bohm at kubuntu.org
Wed Mar 7 06:17:50 GMT 2007

I agree with Lex on this one. I thought to myself the same thing when
I first saw the new version of the QL. You can find out what is what
by clicking on it, but that works only when you are aware of the
"tray" concept from another OS. Most of the people are,but I still
think we should make them distinguishable better.


2007/3/7, Ryan Kavanagh <ryanakca at kubuntu.org>:
> 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)
> Cheers
> Ryan
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