Mac OS-style menubar as default
janne.ojaniemi at nbl.fi
Sun Jul 3 21:51:21 BST 2005
There is an discussion in kde-artists.org about Mac OS-style menubar:
As of today, about 21% of voters wanted it to be the default. That number is
surprisingly high considering that most people have very limited exposure to
that feature. And what's more interesting is that many of the people who were
against the idea but tried it anyway, seemed to like it in the end.
I think that Mac OS-style menubar should be the default in KDE. Why?
- Since the user can only access one menubar at a time, why should we clutter
the UI and consume precious screen-space by displaying several menubars?
- Having one menubar for all apps will make sure that the menu's are always in
same location, making accessing them faster than using several separate
menubars. Even though you might have to move the cursor a bit more than with
separate menubars, the fact that they take advantage of screen-borders and
are always in the same place, will in the end make the process of using the
menus a lot more pleasant.
- They make the apps and the deskop feel like an integrated whole. Right now
each app runs in a "box" of it's own. Having the menubar in the top of the
screen would tie it more to the overall desktop, making the system feel more
- With Mac OS-style menubar we could unclutter the Kmenu, since we could move
a lot of the stuff currently in Kmenu to the desktop's menu. For example,
configuration, log-out, lock screen, switch user, search etc. could be moved
to a menu in the menubar. then we could really make the Kmenu be about
launching apps and nothing more.
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