A new (nearly finished) logout dialog

Manu Cornet Manu.Cornet at GMail.com
Tue Dec 6 20:33:43 GMT 2005

Hi !

> 1.
> I guess usally the user want's to shutdown the computer (or restart).
> In my eyes, "logout" is less important. So why is it the most
> conspicuous button?
> Why is the most important button (=shutdown) the last one the user sees
> (the users reads from left to right and from top to bottom). Further it
> should not be near to the Cancel-Button, which drops much more attention
> because of its border.

Should invert things to do something like :

	Suspend		Hibernate		Shut Down
		Restart			Log Out

? (To John : I prefer those three icons horizontally, but I can change
this easily if others agree that vertically would be better).

> 2.
> Borders are important. I dislike flat buttons, because for new users it
> is not clear evident that they can click on the icons. Take a look at
> the windows-logout-button. They do it right.
> http://www.guidebookgallery.org/pics/gui/startupshutdown/shutdownwindow/winxppro.png
> http://www.guidebookgallery.org/pics/gui/startupshutdown/logout/winxppro.png

All right, I can do this. I just found that the default button
appearance seemed a little too "heavy" in this case.

> 3.
> It might be a good idea to divide logout and shutdown functionallity
> like seen in the screenshots. It is something completely different.
> Novell has made some studies that users find it difficult to shutdown
> the computer because the menu-entry is named "Log-Out".

I completely agree that the menu entry's name should be changed.

> 4.
> Why do all buttons have the same size? Are they all same-important? Try
> to make the the important buttons bigger (Fitz-Law: The bigger a button
> is, the easier it is to click.... very simple rule, very effective).

Ah, this is interesting... I'm not sure the dialog would look nice,
though... ?

> 5.
> The text above ("Do you really want to log out") is not appealing to the
> user. Maybe he wants to Shutdown. Do we really need a question here. No
> question = no necessity for the user to read.

I agree that the text should be changed. What do you suggest ?

> 6.
> If he wants to save the session is less important and could be found on
> bottom of the dialog

Right ! I had hesitated to do that at first :)

> 7, but most important:
> Keep on working on this. It is allready much better than the one shipped
> with gnome by default.

Thank you very much for the encouragement !


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