GNOME Human Interface Guidelines (GNOME 2). Available Versions: · .3 · · · · · · Same documents, formatted as a. GNOME Human Interface Guidelines. Goals; Resources and Planning; Draft Content; Redundant Content. The primary role of the HIG is to. GNOME Human Interface Guidelines · Controls. A frame is a box with a title that you can draw around controls to organise them into functional groups.

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Using the Status Notification Area. This website interfacee available in many languages Switch Language. Ensure that double-clicking in the status area does not provide any functionality that is not also available in the main application menu bar, or by some other accessible means.

Designing a Menu 4. Frames with a border around their perimeter have traditionally been used for denoting groups of related controls. Essentials – these pages include overarching guidance on thematic topics. Types of Visual Feedback 7. General Design Graphical Design Usability. Together, they are the building blocks for application design.

GNOME Human Interface Guidelines

Drop-down Combination Boxes 6. Rather than using bordered frames, use frames without borders, bold labels to make the categories stand out, and indented contents. Each pattern is a particular arrangement of user interface elements which can be used to construct an application design.

About Users Administrators Developers. Interface elements – guidance on the various interface elements, such as buttons, switches, and sliders, that you can use in your application. Keep It Simple and Pretty 1. Keyboard input Keyboard navigation, access and shortcut keys.


Go to page content Go to main menu Go to the search field. Found the instructions unclear? It incorporates a blend of modern design thinking, along with a concern for practicality and ease of use.

Warning and Error Messages If you are a developer with limited design experience, the HIG is intended to assist you in easily creating an effective user interface.

Appearance and Content 5. Design principles General design gnomw and advice. When there is no interesting status to report, leave a status bar panel blank rather than displaying something uninformative like “Ready”.

As the labels are all similar in length, they should be left-aligned. Patterns Essential and optional design components. Things You Can Do Yourself These guidelines apply to the full range of design elements. Go to page content Go to main menu Go to the search field.

Using frames with visible borders to separate groups within a window is deprecated.

Frames and Separators

Designing Effective Icons 9. Provide a drag handle in the bottom right corner of the status bar of resizeable windows. Application basics Basic application behavior and characteristics.

If you have never read the Human Interface Guidelines before, it is recommended that you start with the essentials section, in particular the design principles page, before continuing to learn about the design patterns.

Icons and artwork Guidelines on selecting and creating icons. Mapping Document Types to Applications 2.

GNOME Human Interface Guidelines

Placement of visual components in an application is important because relationships between elements are indicated by their positions. For example, current connection status in a network application, or the size of the current document in a text editor.


Forgive the User 1. Pointer and touch input. Make Your Application Humwn 1.

A separator is a single horizontal or vertical line that you can use to divide windows into functional groups. If you are new to the HIG, it is recommended that you start with the page on design principles and then browse the patterns, before going on to other material. About Users Administrators Developers. Inferface Users Administrators Developers. In Figurethe dialog on the left presents guuidelines which are not left-aligned. For example, while using the selection tool in a drawing application, “Hold Shift to extend the selection” progress of a background operation.

For information on laying out Alerts, see Section 3. If most of the labels in a group greatly differ in intdrface, right-align them instead, so that the controls do not end up too far away from their corresponding labels. They have three main sections: Subclasses of GtkStatusbar should use the drag handle provided by that class. Patterns and user interface elements form the gnoe of the HIG. A frame is a box with a title that you can draw around controls to organise them into functional groups.

Types of Menu 4. Writing style Writing text for your user interface, including capitalization rules.