Common Human Interface Guideline

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The purpose of this page is 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 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. 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.

Contents

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.

Click to open or execute

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

Windows

Title bar

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

Resizing

Initial position

Under mouse/centered
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

Services and Eye Candy

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.