[kde-guidelines] Hello: Anybody home

Celeste Lyn Paul celeste at kde.org
Tue Jun 17 00:05:59 CEST 2008

Yes, we are working on the HIG.  Ellen and I have two interns who are helping 
us this summer duing the OpenUsability SoU.  Unfortunately Ellen and I were 
the only ones really working on the HIG before then and we had other things 
to work on for KDE4 besides the guidelines last year.

The problem now is getting everything documented in a place people can see it 
and developing patterns and examples which are easier to interpret than 
written guidelines. This page is the best page to list questions and requests 
for guidelines.


I agree that anything that does not conform to the HIG should be reported as a 
bug.  The only problem is writing a comprehensive enough document so when we 
do submit bugs, we can reference the rule that is broken.  Lots of work, and 
not enough hands and time.  I think come the end of the summer the HIG will 
have enough of a base that we can extend contribution out to the greater 

On Monday 16 June 2008 17:36:31 James Richard Tyrer wrote:
> I posted an acerbic comment on the dot stating that I wondered if the
> developers working on the KDE HIG had given up and gone into hiding.
> But seriously, if anyone is listening.  Things are now starting to
> mature and the usability problems are starting to show up.
> So, I think that usability issues were brought up too soon.  But, now we
> really need a completed HIG and after 4.1 is released, anything that 
> does not conform to it should be reported as a bug.
> I do not claim to be a usability expert.  I have read a little on the
> subject and it seems to be clear to me that I know more about it than
> some developers do.  So, I don't know if I can be of any help, or how to
> help.
> I do know one thing, if we are going to make HIG conformance reports,
> that this needs to be a joint effort and then the final approved report
> needs to be delivered to the developer by the HIG group, not by an
> individual.  I say this because I tried this with KDE3, even had
> patches, and my efforts were not appreciated.
> I am willing to work on checking for conformance to the HIG guidelines.
>   Is there anything else that a not expert can do?

Celeste Lyn Paul
celeste at kde.org
KDE Usability Project

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