Quicklauncher confused with System Tray?

Joao Pedro Clemente jpcl at rnl.ist.utl.pt
Wed Mar 7 17:38:47 GMT 2007

On Tue, 6 Mar 2007, Ryan Kavanagh wrote:

> 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

If I understood right, the problem is confusing the "launch icon" with the
"tray icon", when they are side to side? This would go away if there was a
visual separator, like you had, as an example, in win2k interface, right?

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