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Aaron J. Seigo aseigo at
Mon Nov 13 17:56:54 GMT 2006

On Monday 13 November 2006 10:02, Benjamin Meyer wrote:
> On Monday 13 November 2006 17:18, Aaron J. Seigo wrote:
> > On Monday 13 November 2006 6:44, Benjamin Meyer wrote:
> > > I would like to propose that in KDE 4 our secondary windows wont
> > > automatically append the application name.  This will make us
> > > consistant with the other desktop enviornments.
> >
> > other than consistency what are the benefits?
> Perhaps we might not have to subclass some dialogs from Qt just to set the
> caption,

which dialogs are these? (serious question)

> but consistency is the biggest reason especially sense we want to 
> start launching our applications in OS X and windows.

if it's a usability improvement, i don't see why we would do this.

if this is a violation of interface guidelines on these platforms, a solution 
IMHO would be add alternate, platform-specific code paths to 
KInstance::makeStdCaption(...). example patch is attached, even ;)

if the KDE4 HIG alters our guidelines in this regard, then we can change the 
code appropriately then. 

> > a negative side effect of this change would be not knowing what
> > application a file dialog applies to by just looking at it.
> Have you ever had that problem? 

yes. it's a retention-of-context issue.

this is exacerbated by the fact that we have virtual desktops, allowing one to 
move one of these dialogs to another desktop.

Aaron J. Seigo
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