Tuesday, June 21, 2005

ALI ?

For Plasma, Aaron wish seems to get rid of the traditional Kmenu with tons of apps in as many categories.
Dimitri Rizek on kde-artists.org proposed a task-based approach dividing the menu into three different menus directly reachable in the panel.
These menus according to Dimitri would be :

Create
-Document
--Spreadsheet
--Text
--Presentation
--etc.
-Image
--Bitmap
--Vector
-Disk
--Data
--Audio
--Movie
--Photo
-Contact
-Playlist
-Movie
-Basket

etc...

Communicate
-List of Contacts
--Send Mail
--Text Chat
--Voice Chat
--Video Chat
-Browse the web
-Chat on IRC

Configure
-Desktop Settings
--Appearance and Themes
--Desktop
--rest of kcontrol...
-Video Settings
--Nvidia/ATI Control panel
--Monitor settings(some sort of xorg.conf GUI config app)
-Audio Settings(something like kmix)
-Drive Settings(some sort of fstab GUI config app)
-Printer Settings

As suggested on the forum, configuring you desktop is a thing you only do once in a while and doesn't deserve to get its own menu.
But wait ! What if I want to listen to my music ? What if I want to edit a document ? How do I play a game ?
Categories as they're shown here are a proposal for us to get started.

The Communicate menu though seems to be quite mature, and my take is that it could stay the way it is (with minor changes since there always are some)
So here's the way I think it could look like :

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At least, the general look and feel seems to be appreciated ;)

For the other menus, I think we should start working on the various scenarios a user could follow to accomplish common tasks.
I think I'll soon post a draft of them.

For the moment being I see :

-creating (files, birning media)
-editing (files, birning media)
-reading
-listening
-watching
-communicating
-organizing
-sharing
-configure (network, system, look and feel)
-searching
-browsing
-playing

follow the whole topic on kde-artists.org here : http://kde-artists.org/main/component/option,com_smf/Itemid,48/expv,0/topic,19.0

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