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== Taskbar ==
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Since transparency and auto-hide can be configured after install to suit the user's preferences, these should not be enabled as default.
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=== Size & position ===
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Some desktops default to top, others default to bottom. Some have multiple taskbar or taskbar-like objects.
  
 
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Extra services and frills provided by the desktop where those do not specifically define the personality of the desktop should not be enabled by default.
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Extra services (those not common to desktops in general) and frills provided by the desktop where those do not specifically define the personality of the desktop should not be enabled by default.
  
 
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Revision as of 13:59, 26 September 2012

Contents

Purpose

This page is meant to help direct the defaults given in PC-BSD® for all of the available desktops whether "supported" or "unsupported" so that the initial configuration is more intuitive, reasonable, usable, and non-jarring. The defaults defined here may also influence function/effect(s) within PC-BSD® specific applications or modules. Another potential outcome could be a similar consistency in the default options chosen for the desktops in regard to the FreeBSD ports themselves.

How defaults might be determined

The intent is not to emulate Mac or Windows, however, some things may be accepted widely enough to consider as default behavior. Not all desktops contain all options as listed, but should conform to the guideline where ever possible. Where a default may be of less consequence, the most common feature among those with a choice should default to the static feature of any others.


Note: Currently the preferred feature1/feature2 is highlighted.

Workspace

Screen Edges

left-top, center-top, right-top- each may be set to different effects.
These and other edge-effects would be considered jarring and unexpected, and therefore should be unset/disabled.
maximize window
when mouse grab-cursor crosses top edge
maximize window 50% width - tiled
when mouse grab cursor crosses left or right edge

Switching

pager/scroll-wheel
The most common method of workspace switching is via pager module or widget, or a menu item. Switching by way of a mouse scroll-wheel would be considered jarring and should not be enabled.

Edge resistance

mouse

Focus

click to focus/focus follows mouse
These are the two common options but it is fairly obvious which is selected as default, so either would be ok.
Some window managers also include focus under mouse and levels of focus stealing prevention.

Click to open or execute

single/double-click
Both Windows and MacOS have preferred double-click.

Window raising

auto-raise after receiving focus/click to raise
The auto-raise usually also has a delay setting while click to raise is immediate by instant choice.

Windows

Title bar

Minimum
open, close, title centered.
Maximum
Open, close, stick(y), minimize, maximize, title centered.

Resizing

Initial position

Under mouse/centered/smart
Centering newly appearing windows is one way to increase the likelihood that the entire window will be visible.

Handles, frames, and resizers

Fonts

dpi
perhaps in relation to screen resolution

icons

  • minimum size
  • position and ordering

Taskbar

Since transparency and auto-hide can be configured after install to suit the user's preferences, these should not be enabled as default.

Size & position

Some desktops default to top, others default to bottom. Some have multiple taskbar or taskbar-like objects.

Services and Eye Candy

Extra services (those not common to desktops in general) and frills provided by the desktop where those do not specifically define the personality of the desktop should not be enabled by default.