The aim of the extra mile project is put some energy into fixing the little annoyances in KDE, the small bugs and UI issues which get in the way of the user.
We’ve been working on areas all over KDE, I’ve outlined some of my favourite changes I’ve been working on over this past week.
Redoing the Network Manager Authorisation Prompts
This prompt is for when you need to re-enter a password for your wifi connection. The main issue is that the layout cut short, but it is also lacking clear context as to what the dialog is asking. Important text and instructions should be put in the window and not only in the windor title. A bit of text and an icon shape everything up nicely.
Improving the Akonadi KCM
Padding and margins are one the most important tools to a designer, uneven and misaligned spacing can quickly make a really good piece of technology look unfinished.
Improving Kate dialogs
Aurélien Gâteau made some changes in the kate dialogs, updating icons to reflect the actions and updated the tooltips to give a appropriate description of the actions each one does.
There’s still lots more to be done, and it’s a great opportunity to get involved in KDE or even just getting more familiar with a different area of KDE.
There are two ways to get involved in the extra mile project. We need people to go through applications, dialogs and workflows spotting areas where we can improve by opening extramile bugs, as well as going through this list and getting things fixed.
Find out more about the project on the wiki page, or join us in our IRC channel #kde-quality on Freenode.