How should we present KDE Plasma desktop sessions to users?

Andy B anditosan1000 at
Mon Oct 26 01:13:29 GMT 2020

On October 24, 2020 at 5:24:24 AM, René J.V. Bertin (rjvbertin at

On Friday October 23 2020 19:41:24 Andy B wrote:

No to hijack this thread but

>In the VDG we work with the Human Interface Guidelines that tell users
>how to interact with the system.

Ah, now that explains a lot! *)

I am just too young to have experienced the first "consumer" HIG drafted by
Apple and while an interested user could deduce all the subtle ways one
could interact with the system from them that was NOT their goal. On the
contrary, HIG are guidelines for developers how the system should allow
users to interact with it.

That may sound like 2 faces of the same coin, and that's what it is, but
the end result will not be the same at all if HIG put the user first (as
they should) or the system (as in Andy's wording).

*) lots of open source projects (and KDE sadly is not exempt of it) feel to
me as if they are primarily the "little" projects (not to say playthings)
of the developers, allowing them to tinker with nifty ideas and/or serve
their own needs. This is mostly an observation; I'm not saying that it
isn't understandable and certainly won't claim that serving my own needs
isn't what brought me here - nor that commercial software is always so much
better in that aspect.


I may have been less accurate in my first email. Our HIG is meant for
developers as well as designers. These are the users that I was referring

Sorry for the inaccuracy.

I am wondering if Adrien will respond to my question?

Andy (anditosan)
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