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Client Side of Gnome Replace each Radio Button by an mnemonics field


Client side. For the "ALL" activities page, replace the Gnome3.16+ radio button presentation with a three or two character string representing the initial letters of the very first icon corresponding to that page. Justication -- My computer has 5 users, and to aid users in locating an icon for an application whose name is not known exactly, would eliminate selecting and scrolling through the each radio button until the desired application is found.


I am not a developer, but an end-user. My All page has 9 radio buttons. This request would require a developer to review the practicality.

  • Name: lsatenstein | Leslie Satenstein|
  • Email: < >
  • Release notes owner:

Current status

  • Targeted release: [[Releases/<number> | Fedora <number> ]]
  • Last updated: 2015-06-21
  • Tracker bug: <will be assigned by the Wrangler>

Detailed Description

My computer is shared between a blogger, game player, C programmer, music author, and e-book reader/researcher. Currently my system, within the Gnome "All" page of Activities has 9 radio buttons. When a program is not in the "frequent" page of the Activities presentation, it takes either scrolling or a binary search using the radio buttons in order to land on the page of icons that are of interest. By introducting the three character (or even two character) mnemonic in place of each radio button, zooming in to a good starting point for a visual search is facilitated. The mnemonic serves in a way similar to the tabs on the large printed Paper bound book Dictionaries.

Benefit to Fedora

Makes the Fedora "Applications All" facility easier and faster to use, without removing functionality. I am not aware of the effort to replace the radio buttons by a mnemonic field but it is practical if done? The capabilities proposed will provide a means to reduce the number of mouse key clicks and unnecessary scrolling in order to locate an application by it's image. This change by reducing the number of mouse clicks will contribute to avoiding finger tendon muscle pain at the end of session of Gnome use.


  • Proposal owners:

I cannot say as I am not a gui developer I consider the update as an isolated set of changes.

  • Other developers: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Release engineering: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Policies and guidelines: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Trademark approval: N/A (not needed for this Change)

Upgrade/compatibility impact

The output would continue to allow the user to click on a mnenonic that takes the place of each radio button. The mnemonic for the current page would be highlighted. Currently the radio button for the current page is filled.

N/A (not a System Wide Change)

How To Test

If it works, with varying number of mnemonics, (application icon pages), from empty to a max number, it passes. It needs to be tested with different screen sizes, since the screen size will determine the number of application program images per page. End users will perform the testing of the alpha, beta, RC's and later versons. 2. What specific actions do I perform to check that the change is working like it's supposed to? Click on mnemonic and compare to first mnemonic listed on the page 3. Improved functionality.

N/A (not a System Wide Change)

User Experience

Users will see a more thought out and better Gnome functionality that only experience can demonstrate.


This change is isolated or localized to the "Activities «ALL » presentatation logic.

N/A (not a System Wide Change)

Contingency Plan

If it cannot be implemented in time, just do not implement and remain with previous version of logic. It is a replacement operation.

  • Contingency mechanism: (What to do? Who will do it?) N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Contingency deadline: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Blocks release? N/A (not a System Wide Change), Yes/No
  • Blocks product? product


N/A (not a System Wide Change)

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