[REMINDER] KDE 4.0 Milestones

Ellen Reitmayr ellen at kde.org
Mon May 7 20:40:10 BST 2007

On Monday 07 May 2007, Allen Winter wrote:
> Some friendly reminders...
> 8 May (Tomorrow!) is the "New Application Freeze" and the
> start of the "Usability and Accessibility Review".


> Usability and Accessibility Review:
>   I don't think we know what this means yet.  Does the HCI team have a
> plan? 

We have a plan, and one of them is to include the community in "HIG-Hunting" 
sessions. We will publish several checklists, e.g. about configuration 
dialogs, toolbars, menus, context menus, color settings, keyboard access, 
feedback dialogs etc. and ask the community to review KDE4 along those 
checklists. Bugs should be reported in bugzilla and tagged "HIG" in the 
title. On a wiki page, people should write down what applications have 
already been reviewed.

At the same time, the usability and accessibility people will do further 
reviews and post suggestions in core-devel or other developer mailing lists.

We are still preparing the first checklist and plan to announce it after new 
application freeze (Wednesday), then more checklists every 2 or 3 days. If 
you suggest another procedure, let us know.

> However... this is a good time to ask/nag for widget/dialog gurus to 
> start working on the icon, font, and color settings as described in [2],
> with designer mockups available at [3].  We will need to unfreeze kdelibs
> as needed for these dialogs.

> 1 June is our Feature Freeze.  After that, we crush bugs and work on
> usability, accessibility, fine tuning, documenting, beta testing...
> [1] http://techbase.kde.org/Policies/SVN_Guidelines
> [2] http://amen-online.de/%7Eolafschmidt/colors/colors.pdf
> [3] http://amen-online.de/%7Eolafschmidt/colors/designer.tar.gz

Ellen Reitmayr
KDE Usability Project
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