Toolbar Config [Was: sane defaults]

Benjamin Meyer ben at
Wed Jan 19 14:47:26 GMT 2005

On Wednesday 19 January 2005 9:30 am, Benjamin Meyer wrote:
> On Wednesday 19 January 2005 8:46 am, Jakob Petsovits wrote:
> > On Wednesday, 19 January 2005 11:19, David Faure wrote:
> > > But I don't understand Jakob Petsovits' answer to that. This is about
> > > per-user settings, just like toolbar editing.
> >
> > I wanted to question the advantage of being able to edit toolbar button
> > texts. If this is possible, distributors and users will all go and change
> > their button texts. That makes it even more difficult for telephonic user
> > support or to get something done on someone other's KDE, because you
> > can't rely on the same button having the same text.
> >
> > I think it should be up to the developers / UI designers to name their
> > actions understandable and short (so that they fit in the toolbar). If
> > that is done, there's no reason to let the user change the text just for
> > the fun of it, because it also brings the disadvantage mentioned above.
> > Customizing is a good thing, but only if it enhances the user experience.
> > Text editing doesn't bring any gains here, I think.
> And to be honest the only reason I wanted to edit the text was to on the
> fly fix the long messages which really should be fixed in the code anyway. 
> We don't need two text's.  Most of the time it is just a bad choice and is
> easily fixed.
> -Benjamin Meyer

Actually a good example is in Help/[App Name] HandBook.  Is [App Name] really 
necessary?  Will it ever not be the name of the application?  Shouldn't it 
just be "HandBook"?

-Benjamin Meyer

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