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Linux and Main: GNOME Releases Interface Guide; Invites KDE to Join In

Aug 22, 2002, 19:00 (31 Talkback[s])

"Following months of study involving 'usability engineers, designers, hackers, and Irish wine,' the GNOME Human Interface Guidelines have been released. In the announcement, its developers 'challenge the KDE project to serve the general user community by partnering with us in developing these guidelines to create a common Free Software interface style,' which despite wording that at first looks contentious appears to be an invitation, not a dare.

"'This document tells you how to create applications that look right, behave properly, and fit into the GNOME user interface as a whole,' the guide begins. 'It is written for interface designers, graphic artists and software developers who will be creating software for the GNOME environment. Both specific advice on making effective use of interface elements, and the philosophy and general design principles behind the GNOME interface are covered.'

"The guide is the latest in a series of studies and style guides that seek to produce consistency and user friendliness in Linux desktops. GNOME2 advanced both internationalization and accessibility standards within that project, but a general application interface styleguide, corresponsing to IBM's Common User Access standard, has been elusive..."

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