Shouldn't it be "menu bar" rather than "top bar"?

Bug #1284221 reported by Gunnar Hjalmarsson
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ubuntu-docs (Ubuntu)
Fix Released
Gunnar Hjalmarsson
unity-control-center (Ubuntu)
Fix Released

Bug Description

The new "Application Menu" UI in "System Settings -> Appearance -> Behavior" refers to the "top bar". I thought it was decided that the name of the thing is "menu bar". The desktop guide currently uses "menu bar" all over.

I suppose it ought to be changed to "menu bar" in u-c-c for consistency reasons (even if I personally think that "top bar" would have been more clear).

Adding the ubuntu-docs (Ubuntu) task as a reminder of the need to include something in the docs about the new feature.

<>: "The 'Appearance' panel's 'Behavior' [sic] tab should include 'Show the menus for a window:' radio buttons, 'In the menu bar' and 'In the window’s title bar'."

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Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Hey Matthew, could you do a recommendation on those options and how they should be worded?

Changed in unity-control-center (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt)
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Kevin Godby (godbyk) wrote :

From an IRC conversation that I had with mpt a while back (a year or two ago, now), we settled on the following definition. I added the definition and the usage notes to the Ubuntu Manual Style Guide:

The menu bar is the bar along the top of the screen. It contains the window title, window menus, application status menus, and system status menus. While it is colloquially referred to as the top bar or the top panel, it should only be referred to as "menu bar" in the manual. (Note that the "menu bar" used to be a single word, "menubar". "Menu bar" should now be two words, however.)

If the names of any of these UI elements have changed, I'd like to know. I'd like to have the manual, system docs, and user interface be consistent. We should settle on canonical names for these elements and file bugs against those that deviate from them.

Changed in ubuntu-docs (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj)
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Fix Committed
Changed in unity-control-center (Ubuntu):
status: New → In Progress
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Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :
Changed in unity-control-center (Ubuntu):
assignee: Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) → nobody
status: In Progress → Triaged
description: updated
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Adolfo Jayme Barrientos (fitojb) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package unity-control-center - 14.04.3+14.04.20140310-0ubuntu1

unity-control-center (14.04.3+14.04.20140310-0ubuntu1) trusty; urgency=low

  [ Charles Kerr ]
  * In the datetime panel's 'Time & Date' tab, update the time spinner
    every second. (LP: #1086486)

  [ Sebastien Bacher ]
  * Tweak some strings to match the design recommendations (LP:

  [ William Hua ]
  * Write IBus settings directly to dconf. (LP: #1288717)
 -- Ubuntu daily release <email address hidden> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:42:21 +0000

Changed in unity-control-center (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Fix Released
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package ubuntu-docs - 14.04.2

ubuntu-docs (14.04.2) trusty; urgency=low

    - Confusing link removed.
    - Prevent shell commands from showing up in translation template.
    - Description changed (LP: #1246022).
    - Minor fixes (LP: #1225840, LP: #1221461, LP: #1221463).
    - Script for renaming exported PO files. Thanks Kevin Godby!
    - A couple of adjustments to get the desired behavior.
    - Description of new app menu option (LP: #1284221).
    - Input source added to list of status menus.
    - Notes about IM engine install and preferences button
      (LP: #1282364). Thanks to John Kim for valuable input!
    - News highlights between 12.04 and 14.04 (LP: #1271492).
  * Updated ubuntu-help.pot.
  * The latest translations exported from Launchpad.

  [ John Kim ]
  * Grammar fixes in (LP: #1189282).

  [ Doug Smythies ]
  * Typo fixes in three accounts-*.page pages.
  * ubuntu-help/C/
    - Script corrected and significantly improved.
  * ubuntu-mascot-creature.jpg:
    - Give mascot file a generic name (LP: #1287978).
    - Update content and back to JPG from PNG (LP: #1287978).
  * Fix nonexistent link destinations (LP: #1270318, LP: #1231612).
  * Fix "no way to navigate" yelp-check errors (LP: #1270314).
  * Fix or reassign or delete invalid internal links in the compiled
    html (LP: #931325).
  * html/fix-urls.sed:
    - Change gnome help redirects for html to revision neutral stable.
  * Screenshots updated (LP: #1249806).
  * Outdated UI terms updated with correct ones on a bunch of pages.
  * Incorrect sentence removed from

  [ Nigel Hall ]
  * Spelling fix in

  [ goneaway ]
  * Grammar fix in

  [ Kevin Godby ]
  * Spell-checked the *.page files and corrected detected errors.
  * Tweaked the language on
 -- Gunnar Hjalmarsson <email address hidden> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:37:00 +0100

Changed in ubuntu-docs (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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