Ribbon bar and Office Ribbon Guidelines

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  1. jose luis
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    Member since:
    Oct 2008

    Posted 01 Dec 2010 Link to this post

    Just for the people at Telerik:

    Why does the Ribbon Bar doesn't follow the Microsoft Office Ribbon Guidelines?

    My first impressions find this errors: 
    • Application Menu not under half of the Application Button in Z-Order as in Office Apps, this should hide the tabs that are under the application menu, near to the application button, but you can see them
    • Ribbon Tabs Spacing/Size, too small.
    • Vertical Centering on Button Groups, The are align to the top
    • Group Title Colors
    • Quick Access Toolbar Button Alignment
    • Color Gradients
    • Button Sizes on the Application Menu
    • Borders on Gallery Elements
    • Subitems on the Application Menu are in a popup and not replacing/overlapping the contents on the right pane, it get's out of the right pane.
    • The right pane in the Application Menu has an ugly border and a different separator between the left pane.

    Have your ever used Office 2007? Does it looks the same?

    As I have reviewed on the Samples installed with the Ultimate Collection Trial, this control looks bad, looks just similar to the Office Ribbon, but doesn't follow the Guidelines that are mandatory according to Microsoft documents, so to my expectations this would look like there's no QA, no quality at all.

    I've always loved your controls for asp.net, but this one doesn't go to expectations and wouldn't buy it if it would be a look a like, and not an exact implementation of the specs, so my customers would look to a distorted version of the ribbon. I've have had Infragistics and their implementation is better, the only thing they failed in was with the Application Menu not under the Application Button, so I didn't renewed, and fixed the code, but wanted to migrate no newer controls, and to using only Telerik, but I won't until that gets fixed.


    Jose Luis Chavez del Cid

  2. Peter
    Peter avatar
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    Posted 06 Dec 2010 Link to this post

    Hi jose luis,

    Thank you for the valuable feedback.

    We have tried to design our control as close to 2007 Microsoft Office System UI Design Guidelines as possible, but this is a complex control with many different elements and at this moment we do not cover at 100% these guidelines.

    We are constantly trying to improve the support for Office UI Design Guidelines. In addition to that, our theming mechanism allows for customizing the look of RadRibbonBar according to your style preferences. We will include your suggestions in our plans to improve the themes.

    If you have additional feedback to share, feel free to contact us.

    All the best,

    the Telerik team


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