Overlay should refer to "Menu Bar" not "Top Bar"

Bug #926213 reported by Jeremy Bicha on 2012-02-03
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ayatana Design
Matthew Paul Thomas
Fix Released
unity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Hold the Super/Windows key to open the keyboard shortcuts help overlay. At the bottom left, it says "top bar" but it should say "menu bar.


Examples of "menu bar" usage
In Time & Date Settings, switch to the Clock tab. It says "Show a clock in the menu bar."
In the battery menu, it says "Show Time in Menu Bar".

Branch attached.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.04
Package: unity 5.2.0-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.2.0-12.21-generic 3.2.2
Uname: Linux 3.2.0-12-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 1.91-0ubuntu1
Architecture: amd64
CompizPlugins: [core,bailer,detection,composite,opengl,decor,mousepoll,vpswitch,regex,animation,snap,expo,move,compiztoolbox,place,grid,imgpng,gnomecompat,wall,ezoom,workarounds,resize,fade,unitymtgrabhandles,scale,session,unityshell]
Date: Fri Feb 3 12:05:31 2012
SourcePackage: unity
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

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Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) wrote :
Robert Roth (evfool) on 2012-02-03
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → Low
Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :

please link your branch here as well.

Changed in unity:
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → Low

At first glance, this looks correct.

However, in the tablet, tv and other form factors, we have indicators
but not menus. I wonder whether that doesn't suggest a different name,
like 'panel'?

Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) wrote :

As doctormo pointed out in a recent Ayatana discussion that unfortunately I can't seem to be able to link to today:

> "Panel' is a normal noun for anything made with a wood finish"

I suppose "bar" is an overloaded term too, but I think bar makes more sense on a computer to non-GNOME 2 users than panel does.

I believe the consensus from multiple Ayatana (& Documentation) discussions over the past year or so is that we should use either "top bar" or "menu bar" and be consistent about it. Mark, you are of course aware that indicators are menus. In fact, in user documentation, I prefer to call indicators "status menus" as presented at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MenuBar

I strongly prefer "menu bar" even if the bar doesn't contain app menus because it will still have status menus, and app menus won't be going away from Ubuntu's standard home/office install any time soon.

Mark Shuttleworth (sabdfl) wrote :

OK, +1 from me to Menu Bar. Let's get a read from MPT, if he's +1 too
then you can consider it done.


Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

Thanks Jeremy. I think normally "menu bar" shouldn't be capitalized, but in this case it looks to be used as a category title where they're all capitalized, so it's fine.

As for "indicators", the indistinctness of that term was demonstrated in bug 891975 where Ubuntu.com site authors used it to refer to launcher elements. But that problem may be best tackled separately.

Changed in ayatana-design:
assignee: nobody → Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt)
status: New → Fix Committed
Andrea Azzarone (azzar1) on 2012-03-05
Changed in unity:
status: Confirmed → Fix Committed
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Fix Committed
Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2012-03-12
Changed in unity:
milestone: none → 5.6.0
Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2012-03-12
Changed in unity:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :
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This bug was fixed in the package unity - 5.6.0-0ubuntu1

unity (5.6.0-0ubuntu1) precise; urgency=low

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Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Nick Tait (jnick-tait) on 2012-04-26
Changed in ayatana-design:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
tags: added: reviewedbydesignp
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