AUG
21
2007

New blog location

This blog moved to my private website
(feed)!

MAY
19
2007

HIG Hunting Season continues

Today Olaf published the second checklist in the scope of the HIG Hunting Session - it is about Text and Fonts.

Just like last week, we ask users of the KDE 4 Alpha release to review applications along checklists and report infringements in the bug tracking system. More details in the weekly dot article!

Happy Hunting!

MAY
10
2007

KDE4 Usability Review Cycle & HIG Hunting Season

Yesterday, the usability review cycle for KDE4 started. As the HCI working group is poor on man-power, we started an experiment to include the community into the search for obvious infringements of the KDE Human Interface Guidelines: The HIG Hunting Season.

APR
18
2007

HIG: Keyboard Shortcuts

As the result of a long discussion on kde-core-devel, I summarised the suggested application and system shortcuts for KDE4:

MAR
27
2007

KDE HIG: Dialogs

Finally, the dialog section in the HIG has made some progress. Thank to Olaf who knows Qt Designer much better than I do, we found a way to create a clean dialog layout for KDE4. The trick is to use the same ratio of spacers on bottom of each group box. Read more in the guidelines!

We are planning to provide some video tutorials how to best use Designer - stay tuned. We'll also upload the ui files when we found a good location (the wiki allows only images).

MAR
14
2007

KDE HIG: Toolbars

A few weeks ago, Celeste posted specs for standard toolbars for the major KDE applications. Now, we wrote down some general guidelines. Again, please review and give feedback in the comments section, or write to me (ellen kde org). There are still screenshots missing for the standard toolbars.

Especially, we'd appreciate feedback on:

MAR
13
2007

KDE HIG Configuration dialogs - Update

@ 800x600 rule

So far, I'm not sure if we should go for a fixed maximum size or a maximum default size. There is one good reason for a strict maximum size: It better prevents configuration dialogs from being overloaded. "Designing for 800x600" may be understood as "hey, it fits onto the page!". A tricky developer might reduce the height of scalable widgets like the table in the screenshot below, and argue that users can resize the dialog if they want to have a better overview over the element in the table.

MAR
12
2007

KDE HIG: Configuration dialogs

I started to write down some guidelines for configuration dialogs in KDE4. The major differences to KDE3 are:

JAN
26
2007

Season of Usability Projects Kicked Off

In November, OpenUsability announced six mentored projects for students of usability, user interface design, interaction design, or related. We received applications from all over the world - New Zealand, India, South Africa, Europe, South America, USA and Canada. Most of the applicants were highly skilled, and it was sometimes difficult to take a decision. Finally, the following teams formed up:

JAN
17
2007

Orca screen reader

One year ago, some people from linaccess, barrierefrei kommunizieren, KDE Accessibility and Usability (including myself) passed a weekend on testing the usability of FLOSS accessibility solutions - you might remember our reports from the Accessibility meets Usability weekend. Among others, the Gnopernicus screen reader was usability tested by two blind users.

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