KDE User Interface Guidelines
The KDE Human interface guidelines (HIG) offer application designers and developers a set of recommendations. Their aim is to improve the experience for users by making application interfaces more consistent and hence more intuitive and learnable.
- Design Vision and Principles - The overall vision and principles that guide the design and development of user interfaces for KDE software.
- Concept - Covers creating a project vision, determining the users, and the scenarios of use.
- Organization - Provides guidance on how the application’s content and functionality are ordered and categorized.
This section contains guidelines for application behaviour.
- Viewing and Navigation - Encompasses guidance on controls and patterns to use for viewing, navigating and performing actions on application content.
- Editing and Manipulation - Includes guidance on controls and patterns to use for selection, unconstrained input and constrained input.
- User Assistance - Includes guidance on tooltips, notifications, messages and help.
Presentation deals with visual design of the user interface.
- Layout - Guidance regarding the placement and ordering of onscreen elements. Includes guidance on layout patterns, alignment, size and spacing.
- Style - Style is concerned with emotion, tone, and visual vocabulary. Includes guidance on the use of colour, the design of icons and the typography.
- Text - Guidance for the written, language-based elements of the interface. Includes guidance on wording, capitalization and localization.
Tools and Resources
The following tools and resources are offered to help with following these guidelines.