Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th May 2007 18:54 UTC
Gnome In the GNOME bugzilla, there is an ongoing discussion about whether or not to include a patch into the default GNOME installation which would enable GNOME to (optionally) have a global application menubar, similar to that of the Mac OS and KDE (in the latter it is optional and off by default). Installation instructions and .deb packages, as well as a 60-page (and counting) discussion of the patch, are available on the UbuntuForums. Read on for a poll on this issue.
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RE: non sense
by unoengborg on Thu 17th May 2007 23:22 UTC in reply to "non sense"
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This should be done in a way that you can mix and match Gnome and KDE applications. That way there will be enough applications to chose from not to create usabilty problems.

There will allways be some application that doesn't conform to HIG standards but over time users either find other solutions that do, or learn to live with it.
If both Gnome and KDE worked this way there would be a large pressure for other toolkits to follow.

However, I think just making KDE and Gnome apps using a MacOS like menu by adding some patch to Gnome is not the way to do it. Instead I would like to see a standardized protocol for a menu manager. We allready have window managers, desktop managers and session managers in X11, why can't we have a menu manager.

One such menu manager implementation could implement the MacOS like top of the screen menu behavior. Menu managers like this could also make it easier for people
to create accessability and scripting solutions.

This is something that should be added to X11, and not specifically to Gnome.

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