Menu item caption says nothing about its function to a noob user

Bug #4417 reported by Alexandre Otto Strube on 2005-11-13
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gnome-ppp (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

The menu item for gnome-ppp is just "gnome ppp".

This may seem obvious for a experienced user, but 'grandma' knows nothing about ppp, and this caption will not tell her that this is used to connect to her isp via plain old telephony system.

A change on this would be VERY welcome.

Changed in gnome-ppp:
assignee: nobody → motu
Emmet Hikory (persia) wrote :

Although the Name is "GNOME PPP", the Comment is "GNOME Dialup Tool". Ideally "grandma" moves the mouse slowly over the icon, and a tooltip pops up with the Comment.

More generally, this issue should probably be taken upstream, as the .desktop file has been prepared by the GNOME developers, and is apparently considered sufficiently HIG compliant.

Alexandre Otto Strube (surak) wrote :

It's a valid point that this gets moved upstream. But a "internet dialer" would be much more simple.

Anyway, I've tested not with "grandma", but with my mother. She had to ask every time what she needed to click to connect, until I renamed it to "DIAL TO INTERNET" :-)

Emmet Hikory (persia) wrote :

Actually, the current comment text is not HIG compliant (it doesn't start with a verb". It should indeed be something else (perhaps "Connect to PPP server"). I am uncomfortable with the use of "Internet" in the comment, as some people will use PPP to connect to non-internet connected devices, and others may not use the modem to connect to the internet.

Changed in gnome-ppp:
status: New → Confirmed
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