Timeout for KMessageBox (Was: Patch for KMessageBox)

Gunnar Schmi Dt gunnar at schmi-dt.de
Mon May 12 20:40:48 BST 2003

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On Monday 12 May 2003 15:44, Adriaan de Groot wrote:
> On Mon, 12 May 2003, Daniel Naber wrote:
> > On Monday 12 May 2003 13:42, Reinhold Kainhofer wrote:
> > > Is this a functionality that would be handy somewhere else so that it
> > > justifies extending KMessageBox?
> >
> > I think a timeout dialog is just a usability problem in most cases. It
> > needs some visual feedback to show users that there is a timeout, but
> > this will tell the user to hurry up ("enter you password in 5 seconds or
> > bad things will happen").
> His yes, no or cancel within 30 seconds or the sync with your palm pilot
> will hang indefinitely due to underlying protocl issues and it will eat up
> your batteries if you're not cafeul, after which you pilot's data will be
> lost. In this case, it's not a usability problem, it's pretty darn
> essential.

Just a comment from a usability/accessibility view:

Depending on the amount of text in the message box and the time (you say 30 
seconds) you might want to consider to add an option to disable the timeout 
or to enlarge the time. Please think off low-visioned people who cannot read 
as fast as you can.

Gunnar Schmi Dt
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