menu labels and mnemonics, how planned were they?

Torsten Rahn torsten.rahn at
Tue Jul 12 22:52:40 CEST 2005

Am Dienstag, 12. Juli 2005 21:28 schrieb Boudewijn Rempt:
> On Tuesday 12 July 2005 19:05, Torsten Rahn wrote:
> > It's not about a "name change" (we had that one often enough) but about
> > some more descriptive "full name". Imagine somebody who wanted a quick
> > overview over the contents of KOffice. Having him read "Krita Painter"
> > would certainly much more enlightening in case he's searching for a
> > painting tool than simply "Krita".
> One day Krita'll be a household name, just like Excel :-). I've already
> changed the descriptive name in the desktop file and I think the
> pages are clear enough already.

"Painting and Image Editing Application"

That's not a Generic _Name_ but a Short Description.

A name is something that is about three words at maximum.

Sorry, but this is what gives us people who want to distribute KDE to 
customers headaches because having such long generic names displayed in the 
menu is an absolute nono. It basically forces each one of us to spend 
numerous hours for going through each menu entry and to shorten it up to 
something reasonable that can be recognized within an eye-blink and is still 
descriptive enough to get a slight idea what the application is about.
I guess I will have to get back to the kde-usability guys so that we establish 
guidelines for these "names".

Mit freundlichen Grüßen / Kind regards,

        Torsten Rahn

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