Openmoko Bug #1791: Exit application - suggestion

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#1791: Exit application - suggestion
 Reporter:  mattt        |       Owner:  marek     
     Type:  enhancement  |      Status:  new       
 Priority:  normal       |   Milestone:  OM-2008.8 
Component:  Exposure     |     Version:  OM-2008.08
 Severity:  normal       |    Keywords:  gui menu  
 Blocking:               |   Blockedby:            
 I'd like to suggest a more intuitive method of exiting an application.

 Current method:
  - The application needs to be active.
  - Activate the main drop down menu.
  - Wait for 'REMOVE' to appear (replacing 'qwerty')
  - Click 'REMOVE'
  - the menu will roll up.

 Here's what I don't like about this:
  - I have to activate an application to close it
   - unnecessary delay
  - 'qwerty' changes to 'REMOVE'
   - It's confusing, does it relate to the keyboard in any way? no.
   - the change to uppercase is overly dramatic
  - The word 'remove'
   - This is not a normal synonym for terminating an application

 Here are my suggestions for improvement
  - Change the verb to 'quit' or 'exit' or 'close'
   - This is line with normal computer use - more intuitive
   - Uppercase letters are not required
  - Move the verb label to be horizontally aligned with the application
   - give clear indication of what is going to happen and what it will
  - Move label/icon tot he right hand side of application name
   - this is more intuitive
   - reduces chances of accidental clicking
  - Provide theme capacity for label/icon
   - items should be able to be either an icon or label
  - Don't close the menu after exiting application
   - we do not know what the user wants to do
   - user may want to close another
   - user may want to choose an open application

 I hope accept these the suggestion in the spirit that I give them.
 It's an honest and genuine attempt to improve the gui, to create some
 consistency, and to encourage intuitive design.

 thank you

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