GNOME Human Interface Guidelines (GNOME 2). Available Versions: · .3 · · · · · · Same documents, formatted as a. GNOME Human Interface Guidelines. Goals; Resources and Planning; Draft Content; Redundant Content. The primary role of the HIG is to. GNOME Human Interface Guidelines · Controls. A frame is a box with a title that you can draw around controls to organise them into functional groups.

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GNOME Human Interface Guidelines 2.2.3

Placement of visual components in an application is important because relationships between elements are indicated by their positions. This is called “layout” in interface design. A clean layout is crucial to creating a smooth visual flow of information for the user.

The major components discussed will be labels, icons, radio buttons and check boxes, text fields, command buttons, and drop-down menus. When a user is scanning a complex preferences dialog consisting of many labels and corresponding check boxes, text fields, and drop-down combination boxes, it is easy to see how she can quickly become hindered by poor layout in the visual design.


For information on laying out Alerts, see Section 3. In Figurethe dialog on the left presents labels which are not left-aligned. The user’s eye is not given a proper anchor to scan the dialog quickly.

As the labels are all similar in length, they should be left-aligned. Now the user has a firm left margin to anchor the eye and scan the list of items vertically more easily. If most of the labels in a group greatly differ in length, right-align them instead, so that the controls do not end up too far away from their corresponding labels. Using frames with visible borders to separate groups within a window is deprecated. Use spacing and bold headers instead.

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This is more effective because there are fewer gratuitous lines to distract the user from the main content in the window. Try to keep components consonant with each other in terms of size and alignment. This is particularly important within a group of controls, so that the user’s ability to quickly scan information is not sacrificed. Minimize as much as possible the need for the user’s eye to jump around when scanning a layout.


Provide adequate space between controls and groups of controls. This white space guidelihes make it easier for the user to find the information they need. Go to page content Go to main menu Go to the search field.

GNOME Human Interface Guidelines

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