Re: More on the authentication alert.

From: Christian Neumair (
Date: Mon Jun 09 2003 - 05:17:59 EDT

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    Am Mon, 2003-06-09 um 10.38 schrieb Daniel Thompson:
    > I was supprised the see a button labeled 'Authenticate' in an
    > authentication dialog. Not only is this a technical term that one would
    > usually avoid in a user interface but it is also contrary to the GNOME
    > HIG section describing authentication alerts.
    > Specifically 'An authentication alert:
    > <remove-some-irrelavant-bullet-points>
    > * will present a button labelled with a verb or verb phrase describing
    > the action authenticated, or OK if such a phrase would be longer
    > than three words. Place this button in the bottom right corner of
    > the alert.'
    > <remove-some-more-irrelavent-bullet-points>
    > Clearly the action authenticated can never be authentication itself!
    > Assuming I am correct that the password dialog is used to collect a
    > password to decrypt documents then the but should be labeled 'Open
    > Document' (or just 'Open'). 'Decrypt' would be a possibility but again
    > not as well understood.
    So you want me to use OK?

    > As a closing comment like all alerts an authenication alert should
    > really have an alert icon (and the HIG requires this). Unfortunately
    > GNOME does not yet have a stock authentication icon
    > (
    libgnomeui HEAD already features such an icon, its name is
    GNOME_STOCK_AUTHENTICATION, but for that matter we only want to use
    GTK+. It would be braindead to depend on GNOME just for fetching one
    icon. Maybe we'll have to solve it by an #ifdef.


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