Menu auto-hide should be disabled
I consider that the auto-hide behaviour of the application menu bar is a serious usability problem (https:/
Currently, the appmenu indicator only shows the name of the current active application. The application menu remains hidden until I put the mouse over the menu bar or press the alt/meta key.
I've seen many users having trouble trying to find app options. The existence of an app menu is not obvious at all. It's hard for them to guess that they have to hover the mouse over the top of the screen to see the menu. And there is not a single clue for them.
Consider the following use case:
My mother is reading a PDF file with Evince. She wants to print it, but there is not a toolbar button for "Print" anywhere. She remembers that there is usually a File->Print menu option in most applications, she looks for a menu, but she can't find it. She is a little familiar with Mac OS X, so she looks at the top of the screen looking for a global app menu, she doesn't see anything, just long empty bar with the text "Document viewer". She looks for help, but surprise surprise, the help option is in the menu bar, ergo is hidden. She ends up very frustrated.
My proposed solution is to always show the application menu next to the application name in the appbar.
I apologize if you have discussed this issue before, I tried to find an explanation, but didn't find anything.
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
Package: indicator-appmenu 0.3.1-0ubuntu2
Uname: Linux 3.0.0-12-generic x86_64
Date: Thu Oct 20 15:59:09 2011
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot" - Release amd64 (20111012)
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
|Changed in indicator-appmenu (Ubuntu):|
|status:||New → Confirmed|