[Konsole-devel] [Bug 177861] konsole in kde 4.1.3 no longer allows system bell notification

Robert Knight robertknight at gmail.com
Wed May 13 11:55:57 UTC 2009


--- Comment #9 from Robert Knight <robertknight gmail com>  2009-05-13 13:55:43 ---
> Nate, I can't tell for sure but it seems like our problem
> might be "solved" if https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=160230 ends up getting fixed.

Yes it would and actually if there are enough users who want a system bell then
that would be the right place to put it.

> Still, I'm somewhat puzzled as KDE applications have
> historically had options for everything most
> of which I've been content to leave at their default settings.

Unfortunately there is a cost to having lots of options, especially redundant
ones that very few people use.  Now obviously a program like Konsole is a
power-user tool and does need to be flexible in many respects so it will have
more options than something like Dolphin but the same basic constraints apply.

* If the default settings are wrong, you don't find out.  Users either give up
using the program, or they spend a long time finding the option and then don't
tell you about their experience.  If the option obviously isn't there then I'm
more likely to get feedback about it.
* It complicates the UI - Commonly used options get buried under the obscure
ones.  Obviously this can be mitigated by structuring the dialog carefully but
that still requires more time and effort.
* It complicates the code.  For this reason some of the older settings modules
in System Settings which were ported from KDE 3 have options which don't make
sense any more or just plain don't work.  Have a look at the joystick one for
example.  This just looks unprofessional.

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