Logout dialog improvement suggestions
Matthew Paul Thomas
mpt at canonical.com
Tue Jan 17 23:49:49 GMT 2006
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On 17 Jan, 2006, at 9:32 PM, Ryan Lortie wrote:
> I was asked to comment on some possible improvements for the new
> logout dialog that dapper has. Here are my comments:
> 1) It should appear less like a dialog and more like "i own your
> screen right now".
Why? Is there any reason for this other than "Microsoft Windows does
it"? (I've never understood why Windows does it.)
> Think gksudo.
As far as I know, gksudo owns your screen only for security reasons. Do
any such reasons exist for the logout dialog?
> The current dialog allows you to background, windowshade, etc. You
> can even get two instances of it open sometimes. Not good.
That you can open two instances of the same dialog is a bug for any
dialog, but that doesn't mean all dialogs should darken the screen.
> 2) The shortcut key actions should work without pressing Alt. This is
> important if the logout dialog is to be triggered by pressing the
> power button of the machine (common on laptops). Someone wants to be
> able to hit [power] [r] to reboot for example.
> Note: goal 2 might conflict with goal 1. Specifically, if it takes a
> long time to do the fading effect then the user might hit [r] before
> the dialog has fully appeared. No good.
> 3) Defaults -- If invoked from the logout menu then hitting 'enter'
> should logout - not cancel. If invoked as a result of the user
> hitting the power button then enter should power down. This default
> action should be made clear.
Agreed on all that.
> The default button situation could be made more clear by using the
> standard HIG dialog layout for the buttons. This probably won't
> happen considering the work that has gone into the layout as it
> currently is. Thus is the price of violating the HIG :(
Yes, HIG-compliant designs involve much less design work. :-)
Matthew Paul Thomas
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