Guideline about dialog layout

Heiko Tietze heiko.tietze at
Fri Nov 22 11:00:54 UTC 2019

Thanks a lot. I added this to the HIG.

On 21.11.19 15:23, Caolán McNamara wrote:
> On Thu, 2019-11-21 at 13:12 +0100, Heiko Tietze wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> Andreas Kainz and me worked on a guideline to have a consistent look
>> and feel on dialogs. It's currently in a draft status, last bits
>> needs to get carved in stone. But it's ready for a critical review.
>> Please take a look at 
>> and
>> comment here or there.
> "Set input focus on confirmation button by default."
> except for undo-able deletions ? An accidental whack of ok in writer's
> "are you sure you want to delete this header" cannot be undone.
> Maybe also worth mentioning in the guide that a label for a widget
> should specify what it labels by turning on "use_underline" and picking
> the target widget for "mnemonic_widget". That sets up default
> accessibility relations between the two widget so there's no need to go
> near those a11y relations for this usual case.
> But if a non-label widget like a GtkCheckButton is being used in place
> of a label then the a11y "Label For" and "Labelled By" properties can
> be used to describe what's going on.

Dr. Heiko Tietze, UX-Designer and UX-Mentor
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