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Bug 98922 - [ui-review] Font preferences UI issues
[ui-review] Font preferences UI issues
Product: gnome-tweak-tool
Classification: Applications
Component: general
Other All
: High minor
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Assigned To: GNOME Tweak Tool maintainer(s)
GNOME Tweak Tool maintainer(s)
: 99758 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
Blocks: 115435
Reported: 2002-11-18 19:18 UTC by Andrew Sobala
Modified: 2011-10-22 02:45 UTC
See Also:
GNOME target: ---
GNOME version: ---

Description Andrew Sobala 2002-11-18 19:18:27 UTC
UI Review:

- Frameless/bold HIG stuff
- If Window title font is disabled from another place, then the label
should be greyed out as well - similarly for terminal
- Difference between Application and Desktop font still confusing ;)
- Almost no difference for 3 out of 4 radio box examples
-- perhaps only have one example box that showed current setting
-- laying them out 2x2 makes it hard to see the difference
--- perhaps 1x4?
- No one knows what Subpixel smoothing is (I take issue with this comment,
since the dialog specifies it's useful for LCD displays)
-- Acroread's Cooltype preference dialog just gives you 'Sample A', 'Sample
B' .. and gets you to choose one, instead of blinding you with jargon ;)
- s/Resolution (dots per inch):/Resolution
- have 'dpi' after spinner
- could spinner be replaced with drop down menu?
-- only a few ranges, right?
-- Same comments apply to Hinting and Smoothing as above
Comment 1 Andrew Sobala 2002-11-27 23:52:27 UTC
*** Bug 99758 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 2 Andrew Sobala 2002-11-27 23:54:21 UTC
More on the subpixel smoothing: menthos recommends expanding the
"(LCDs)" string to something like "(for LCD screens)", "(for LCD
displays)" or similar (explicitness my own) so that people know better
what this option does.
Comment 3 Luis Villa 2003-09-25 14:30:58 UTC
Suggestion for the font properties capplet, from
[also, taking the liberty of assigning this to Jody.]

Instead of 4 different option boxes with examples, there should be two
check boxes: "Smooth font edges" and "Optimize for LCD monitors", and
one example box with actual live text that demonstrates the current

Nothing selected means monotchrome in the current dialog, "Smooth font
edges" means Best Shapes, and "Optimize for LCD monitors" means
Subpixel Smoothing.

Comment 4 Jody Goldberg 2003-10-28 21:34:22 UTC
Those samples are being generated live.  However, as evidenced on the
Details page there are more than 2 options per dimension.  Would could
fold all of the different samples into just one, with a pair of option
menus.  I'm not convinced that improves the usability of things.

Being able to _compare_ the settings is what makes the current
approach useful.  I'd rather not make the change to only one sample.

I've made a few of the changes.
- bolding labels on the details page
- moving dpi after the resolution spinner

Lets start from there.
Comment 5 Kjartan Maraas 2004-09-01 23:07:15 UTC
Reopening since this doesn't seem to be pending new information from the reporter.
Comment 6 Josh Lee 2004-12-24 01:33:48 UTC
Another problem is that "slight", "medium", and "full" hinting all seem to do
the same thing, at least on Debian.

Plus, some of the combinations don't make any sense. Why, for example, would I
want monochrome + no hinting? And there is no GUI way to activate the
autohinter, which some people prefer.

Third: the "Go to font folder" button should be moved to the main dialog because
a) it has nothing to do with font rendering, and b) it is hard to find.