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Re: Ellipsising in AppMenu


Hrm, I thought all of our apps did that for Preferences and About.

One thing I've read somewhere (perhaps another platform's HIG?) was more
explicit in that if there's not really an action to be performed in the
dialog, to not display the ellipsis. In fact, our own HIG are slightly more
nuanced than mentioned above; they say to use an ellipsis if an *action is
performed *in a new window or dialog. With the about dialog, there's
arguably no action being performed. What about with Preferences?

I'm up for clarifying these cases in the HIG. Fellow designers, let me know
what you think.

Cassidy James

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On Sat, Mar 23, 2013 at 6:45 PM, Sergey "Shnatsel" Davidoff <
sergey@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Okay, so all our apps are buggy and should be fixed?
> Also, what about "About"?
> 2013/3/24 Julien Spautz <spautz.julien@xxxxxxxxx>
>> Actually, the HIG says we should use ellipses for preferences:
>> · Is performed in a new window or dialog. For example, Preferences,
>> Report a Problem, and Customize Toolbar all use ellipses because they open
>> a new window…
>> http://elementaryos.org/docs/human-interface-guidelines/text/using-ellipses
>> On Sun, Mar 24, 2013 at 12:27 AM, Sergey Shnatsel Davidoff <
>> sergey@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Hey guys,
>> I've notices Noise doesn't use ellipsising for AppMenu items at all:
>> https://dl.dropbox.com/u/5279564/noise-appmenu.png
>> "Import to Library" requires further input from the user but it doesn't
>> have an ellipsis. I believe this is a bug?
>> I've looked at how other apps use ellipsising and it's mostly reasonable.
>> The only thing that bugs me is that "Preferences" and "About" items don't
>> have ellipses. I recall Windows just eliipsising whatever shows a dialog,
>> but common sense suggests it's not a good idea, e.g. for About, because it
>> doesn't require any further input from the user. I'm not sure about
>> Preferences though.
>> So what's our rule of thumb for ellipsising? We don't seem to have any
>> info on the topic in the HIG.
>> --
>> Sergey "Shnatsel" Davidoff
>> OS architect @ elementary
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