menu labels and mnemonics, how planned were they?

Sven Langkamp longamp at
Tue Jul 12 23:39:05 CEST 2005

Am Dienstag, 12. Juli 2005 22:52 schrieb Torsten Rahn:
> 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".

The other generic names in KOffice are more descriptions than names e.g KWord 
"Word Processing" or Kivio "Flowchart & Diagram Editing".

So "Painting & Image Editing" would be possible too, but that is still quite 
If you have a image editing entry in your menu, there could be e.g. GIMP, 
Kolourpaint and Krita in it. So the menu entry has to be descriptive enough 
to see the difference between "Paint Program"(Kolourpaint), "Image 
Editor"(GIMP) and Krita.

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