System Settings launcher behavior and title design are inconsistent

Bug #952984 reported by Matthew Paul Thomas on 2012-03-12
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ayatana Design
bamf (Ubuntu)
gnome-control-center (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

The mockups of the Ubuntu-custom breadcrumb navigation for the "System Settings" window <> show that the title of the window remains "System Settings" regardless of which panel you are on.

However, because of the change made in bug 801784, the window title changes to the name of the currently open panel.

This is ugly in three ways:

1. It means the title of the current panel is displayed twice, millimeters apart -- first in the window title, and then in the button just below it.

2. It causes the launcher to flash distractingly as you navigate. (Should the Firefox launcher tile show the icon of the page you're visiting, instead of the Firefox logo? No, because that would be annoying. Same thing here.)

3. Least importantly, clicking the "All Settings" button illogically changes things that are both above and below it. (Web browsers also have this problem, but they have nowhere else to compactly show the <title>. We do.)

Ways this bug could be fixed:

a. Make the window title always "System Settings", and revert the launcher change. This would fix (1) (2) and (3).

b. Make the window title always "System Settings", leaving the launcher as it is. This would fix (1) and (3), but not (2), and would introduce a new minor problem: the launcher and the window wouldn't match.

c. Use Back and Forward buttons instead of the breadcrumbs, and revert the launcher change. This would fix (1) (2) and (3). (I explained this further in <>.)

Changed in gnome-control-center (Ubuntu):
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Low
John Lea (johnlea) on 2012-04-20
Changed in ayatana-design:
status: New → Opinion
Changed in gnome-control-center (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Opinion
Changed in bamf (Ubuntu):
status: New → Opinion
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