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explaining disabled context menu items [message #633850] Tue, 19 October 2010 15:34
Roy Paterson is currently offline Roy PatersonFriend
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Registered: July 2009
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I'm not sure if this forum is the right place to ask this, but I'm looking for a UI guideline or suggestion for explaining *why* a context menu item is disabled. The Eclipse UI guidelines say this:

Guideline 6.13: Fill the context menu with a fixed set of commands for each selection type, and then enable or disable each to reflect the selection state.

I agree with that, but how do I indicate to the user *why* an item is disabled?

Here's what I've tried so far:

1) Tooltip on context menu item

2) Change text of context menu item. E.g.: "Pause (already paused)"

I don't really like either of these options. For now I am using #2 (change text) but I don't like it very much. Can anybody suggest a better way to do this?

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