The HIG Hunting season is an experiment to include the community in the search for obvious infringements of the KDE Human Interface Guidelines. This week we turn towards Error and Warning Messages: Most computer users know that feeling when all of a sudden, a message pops up showing cryptic error codes. Often, "confirm" is the only option it offers - and users are at a loss.
To avoid such situations in KDE 4, we ask all community members to report warnings and error messages that make no sense, are not understandable, make use of technical wording, are not constructive or otherwise annoying. This checklist lists further details and some examples.
As a dedicated "hunting" for warnings and error messages is difficult, we ask you to report such annoyances whenever you come across them during your daily work. We ask you to report them for both, KDE 3.x and KDE 4 applications. If you don't have the time to report a bug immediately, create a snapshot and send it to kde-usability-devel.
- Whenever you find a problematic warning or error message (see checklist for reference), create a screenshot.
- Open a bug in the bug system. In the title, write "HIG CL3:", in its body link the checklist and attach the screenshot. Describe the problem you found.
Alternatively, send the screenshot to kde-usability-devel.
- On the wiki page of this checklist, add a section for the application you reviewed and link all bug reports you have created.
Of course you are also welcome to review KDE 4 applications according to the prior checklists: