Buttons in installation complete dialog do not behave as expected

Bug #191937 reported by Dylan McCall on 2008-02-14
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Bug Description

The dialog that appears after installation has completed is confusing and does not follow user interface conventions.

Firstly, the Close button does not behave as a Close button should. It instead quits the entire program! One usually expects "Close" to mean just closing the active window, where quitting the program would be done via a Quit button.

Secondly, the Add / Remove More Programs button seems like an extremely wordy way of saying "Close". It happens that Close is a stock widget, so it would make a lot more sense to use that. That very long button has no icon to represent what it will do, and has a string that the user does not encounter in any other dialogs. It requires close reading, and that seems rather unjustified in the case of this dialog. Also, by "Add / Remove More Programs" being iconless, the current Close button appears far more important.

Finally, the Retry button lacks an icon. Again, there are numerous Reload and Retry buttons using a stock icon. It would make sense to do the same here to allow people to navigate this dialog quickly and efficiently without needing to second guess themselves.

Dylan McCall (dylanmccall) wrote :

Here is a patch for the first two points. A stock icon could be added to the Retry button by turning that button into a container.

I have changed the original "Close" button to "Quit". I also changed "Add / Remove More Programs" to the stock Close button. It makes sense to me, but further opinions would definitely not hurt.

Unfortunately, bzr's diff does not seem to like this Glade file. It is based on the bzr branch "main" <https://code.launchpad.net/~ubuntu-core-dev/gnome-app-install/main>.

Dylan McCall (dylanmccall) wrote :

Glade strangely decided to rewrite the entire file, which is why that patch turned out so ugly. Edited it by hand, with much tidier results.

I should also add that the names of the buttons have not changed, although it could be argued that they no longer make much sense. Seems it may be foolish to go in and change that (for fear of breaking anything!), but I suppose it could be done...

Changed in gnome-app-install:
assignee: nobody → dylanmccall

Umm, how about getting rid of the "Add/Remove More Programs" button altogether, and have the "Close" button close the dialogue, returning to the main application window. If the user wants to quit the application, there is is a "Cancel" button in the main window. Which should probably be rephrased "Quit" by the way.

The current interface is more complicated than it has to be.

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