[Bug 226279] New: KDE home page: menu expansion/collapse needs improvement

David Jarvie djarvie at kde.org
Thu Feb 11 10:34:35 UTC 2010


           Summary: KDE home page: menu expansion/collapse needs
           Product: www.kde.org
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: Compiled Sources
        OS/Version: unspecified
            Status: NEW
          Severity: wishlist
          Priority: NOR
         Component: general
        AssignedTo: kde-www at kde.org
        ReportedBy: djarvie at kde.org

Version:            (using Devel)
Installed from:    Compiled sources

The feature that the menu expands whenever the mouse passes over it needs to be
improved. Even quickly moving the mouse between the browser's address bar or
toolbar and the rest of the page results in the menu expanding, and it stays
expanded. This uses up a significant amount of space which is wasted if the
user doesn't actually want to see the menu. I can suggest three possibilities
for improvement:

1) Make the menu collapse automatically once the mouse moves elsewhere. Moving
the mouse away from the menu can reasonably be assumed to indicate that the
user has finished with the menu for the time being.

2) The toggle button is not obviously connected to the menu - I couldn't work
out how to collapse the menu when I first viewed the page, and only found out
about the toggle button when I read about it on a mailing list. If automatic
collapse is not adopted, at least move the toggle button into the same line as
the menu items to make its purpose more obvious.

3) Introduce a small time delay before the menu is expanded. That will prevent
the menu from being accidentally activated so easily by simply moving the mouse
between different parts of the browser window and happening to pass over the
menu. Because the menu stretches over the most of the width of the window, it's
difficult to avoid it when moving to or from the toolbar.

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