multiple wallpapers by default
sean at doyle55.freeserve.co.uk
Fri May 21 17:28:17 BST 2004
After some discussion on kde-usability and being prodded by Henrique Pinto I'm
posting this here.
Peter Postmus offered the best explanation on why this is a plus for usability
which i will quote here:
>Suppose a newbie is used to Windows and doesn't
>know the first thing about virtual desktops. I think one of two things can
>- The user starts exploring the desktop, clicks on every thing that isn't
>familiar. So he'll also click on the pager. KDE switches to another desktop,
>but the only feedback he gets is the changed color in the pager.
>- The user wants to be productive right away and doesn't want to explore the
>possibilities of KDE (yet). However, because the environment is new to him,
>he clicks on the pager by accident. Again, the only feedback he gets is the
>change of color in the pager.
>The color change in the pager is, to newbies, not a very clear indication of
>what has happened. So in both cases, the user is likely to be confused (he
>might have open windows in the first desktop, which suddenly seemed to have
>disappeared). In the latter case, he might even be irritated. If, on the
>other hand, the wallpaper is different, he'll immediately know something has
>changed. In other words, the system gives more feedback to the user. He is
>more likely to associate the changed wallpaper with the action he has just
>performed, so he's more likely to recall the action try to undo it. As a
>bonus, he has discovered a great "new" feature ;) (and maybe he'll make use
>of it right away; everyone uses their computer differently).
The general conclusion on kde-usability was that a selection of wallpapers
from: http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=10365 would be the
best to use. Such as bc_blue.jpg, bc_gray.jpg, bc_green.jpg and bc_fire.jpg.
You can check out the usability thread here:
The main drawback that was rasied was about performance, I'm running a 800mhz
G3 ibook here any there is a slight delay between changing desktops and the
wallpaper changing which increases if the wallpaper is scaled instead of just
centered. Can anyone with a slower machine report on what it feels like?
Maybe this could be turned off on slower machines using the desktop settings
wizard eyecandy-o-meter (which i think turns desktop wallpapers of anyway on
Does anyone here any objections or thoughts.
PS please CC me as i'm not on this list, thank you
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