[another PATCH]: Kicker find as you type

Aaron J. Seigo aseigo at kde.org
Tue May 3 17:41:57 BST 2005

On Tuesday 03 May 2005 06:53, Stephan Kulow wrote:
> as usability? This is aweful - a menu that needs a search box to find
> something in it?

so it's agreed: we ditch the kmenu concept altogether and do something 
completely different?

it's not some sort of secret that people can not find applications in the 
kmenu until they learn where they are in the hierarchy. it's similar to the 
issues we have with kcontrol: large, deeply (e.g. >2 levels) nested 
hierarchies. most people simply can't remember where things are.

so most people tend to avoid the kmenu and use desktop and panel icons as much 
as possible, with more capable users loving the minicli. this only makes the 
problem worse, since when they DO need something from the kmenu they use it 
so rarely that it becomes that much harder to remember where anything is =)

we can complain about the stupidity of the size of the kmenu and i'd agree. 
but as long as we have a 'list of all available applications' and that list 
of applications is in more than half a dozen categories and contains more 
than a dozen or so entries ..... it's not very friendly.

Aaron J. Seigo
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