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From "Alan Batie (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (DIRSTUDIO-234) Greyed out menu items should have a tool tip explaining *why* they're greyed out
Date Wed, 02 Jul 2008 17:13:45 GMT

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Alan Batie commented on DIRSTUDIO-234:
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He's got a good point about greyed out menu items having value, but that shouldn't disable
tooltips I would hope (never got into gui programming, though I suppose it wouldn't surprise
me if apis did disable everything for  inactive menu items).  If so, not disabling the menu
item, but manually changing the font and action so you still get the visual value for experienced
users (who I'm pretty sure can still be wondering *why* on occasion), but also get the information
to the user.  If nothing else, the docs should have a menu reference that describes each menu
item and what it requires for activation and other "conditions of use"

> Greyed out menu items should have a tool tip explaining *why* they're greyed out
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: DIRSTUDIO-234
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DIRSTUDIO-234
>             Project: Directory Studio
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: studio-ldapbrowser
>    Affects Versions: 1.0.1
>         Environment: OSX 10.4
>            Reporter: Alan Batie
>            Assignee: Stefan Seelmann
>             Fix For: 1.2.0
>
>
> All GUIs should have a tool tip explaining why something is greyed out and what needs
to be done to make it active (and it needs to be *useful* information, not just "it doesn't
apply" or "you're not allowed to do that now" --- it's obvious the *application* thinks that
because it's greyed out).  In this case, I did a search against our ldap server, found an
attribute that needed removing and did so.  Then I did another search.  This time the font
changed to italic, and when I go to delete an attribute, Delete is greyed out.  There is no
clue anywhere as to what's going on.  I searched in help for the ldap browser, and found very
little.

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