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two simple things to improve the user experience

Oct 22, 2009, 11:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aaron Seigo)

"We use a lot of jargon when discussing, designing and creating our software. When we're working on something that's complex or new, new words and phrases (or new meanings on old ones) will crop up in our language when discussing it with each other. The world outside our creative circles remains innocent to these new bits of language floating about. This is all well and good .. until the jargon starts creeping outwards and meets people using the software.

"In Plasma, we try to keep the jargon we've invented to help us work together out of the user interfaces. It's not a cashew, it's a toolbox. It's not a Plasmoid, it's a Plasma Widget. It's not "Plasma" it's "the desktop shell" or "the workspace" (if we're being more inclusive and talking about KWin, etc as well). It's not a Containment, it's an Activity if it's on a main, full-screen layer (e.g. desktop or dashboard) and something descriptive for the context (e.g. Panel) if elsewhere. It's not always easy because to us these words are just second-nature."

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