Logout dialog improvement suggestions

Ryan Lortie desrt at desrt.ca
Wed Jan 18 15:38:17 GMT 2006

On Wed, 2006-18-01 at 07:09 +0100, Manu Cornet wrote:
> > Why? Is there any reason for this other than "Microsoft Windows
> > it"? (I've never understood why Windows does it.)

To me it makes no sense to have a "are you sure you want to logout?"
just sitting around.  If you have changed your mind about logging out
then you probably want to close it.  Since you're closing the desktop,
it should be desktop-modal in the same way that most "are you sure you
want to quit?" dialogs are application-modal.  This is just consistency.

Presume that a user does have some reason to want to keep the dialog
around while interacting with the computer.  By having the ability to to
do so you turn power off/reboot into a one click action (on a very big
button, no less).  Presumably, some of the idea of a logout dialog is to
confirm that the user didn't just accidentally click.

> 1. Make two separate entries in the System menu.
> 2. Let the power management dialog appear when the Power button is
> pressed.
Upstream GNOME is doing fantastic design work here.  There is an open
bug about this -- http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=92277

I just skimmed the thread (hey, it's long!) but I looked at all the
pictures :)

I think their dialog designs are excellent.  They're no more than they
need to be and they have a consistent look/feel with the rest of the
desktop.  The idea of having a 'Logout' submenu scares the heck out of
me, but I think having 'Reboot' and 'Logout' as separate top-level items
on the main menu would be perfect.  I don't want to discredit your work
because it looks very nice; the problem is that it doesn't fit in with
the rest of the desktop.

So what I'm saying -- maybe we should follow upstream on this aspect of
the design?

Just my 2¢.  Cheers.
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