[RFC]Application menu entries leave a lot to be desired

Phill Whiteside PhillW at Ubuntu.com
Sat Nov 10 22:02:52 UTC 2012

Thanks Steve,

little things like this make a big difference to new comers to lubuntu,
hopefully as we're dead early in the cycle Julien can get them implemented
in to 13.04. Once they're accepted in raring I will ask about what hoops &
jumps I need to do to have them SRU'd into 12.10 - Julien will have to help
me on this!



On 10 November 2012 20:50, Yorvyk <yorvik.ubunto at googlemail.com> wrote:

> On 31/10/12 12:48, Yorvyk wrote:
>> During my brief bit of usability testing with software centres
>> another problem reared it's ugly head. Some of the entries in the
>> apps menu are remarkable for their meaninglessness and could do with
>> changing. As an example: Menu > Office > Gnumeric with the tooltip -
>> 'Calculation, Analysis, and Visualisation of Information".
>> My three users have never really used a spreadsheet and this meant
>> nothing to them.  Their suggestion was to change the menu entry to
>> 'Gnumeric Spreadsheet' or some thing similar, as long as sit
>> contained the word 'spreadsheet. Abiword was recognised as a
>> word-processor, but only because it had 'word' in it's name. They
>> also struggled to find a PDF viewer.  Evince is labelled 'Document
>> Viewer' with the tool tip saying 'View multi-page documents'.  No
>> mention of PDF. I'll be going through the menu later in the week with
>> a couple of them to see if they can come up with some more obvious
>> entries.  I'll then raise a bug for this.
>>  We had a rather short session on this, but the consensus was that some
> entries don't make it obvious what they are. Things like gnumeric and
> sylpheed are not well known and don't really give a clue from their name
> what they do. I know they have tool-tips to expand the description, but if
> you're just opening menus looking for an application these don't show up
> until you hover over the entry. The suggestion was to have simple entries
> like spreadsheet or email. When I suggested that some people may have more
> than one spreadsheet or word-processor installed they were puzzles why, but
> agreed that some thing like sylpheed e-mail client would be OK. So we ended
> up with the following, others may need to be dealt with, but these were the
> most obvious in the short time we had.
> Audacious Music Player
> Calculator - (with a 'C' not a 'G' as this looks like a typo)
> Evince PDF Viewer
> Gnumeric Spreadsheet
> Guvcview Web-cam viewer
> Leafpad Editor
> Mplayer Video Player
> Sylpheed E-mail Client
> Transmission Bit-torrent
> Xpad Notes
> We'll have a look at others and the tool tips next time I see them.
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