[Thunar-dev] ctrl-L can "/" can both be used

Jasper Huijsmans jasper at xfce.org
Mon Apr 11 21:15:47 CEST 2005

Joe Crawford wrote:
> Hmm... because of international keyboards, it would seem some people
> prefer ctrl-l to backslash. I would suggest to make it easiest for
> people coming from rox and nautilus, ctrl-l and "/" should both access
> the text entry field. I do not believe they should act differently
> however, as users would feel put out when they wanted to use the
> method that didn't agree with their hotkey preference..


> I think the first push of "/" or ctrl+L should bring up the path input
> with all text selected. If you push "/" again it would replace the
> text and of course you'd be specifying a root path. If you typed
> something else however, (or pushed the right arrow before typying,
> thus adding to the path displayed) it would be sensibly be relative to
> the current folder.
> A big complaint about the ctrl+L method (or "/", any hotkey really) is
> discoverability. That is why I recomment a toggle button beside the
> path that goes from path buttons to text entry and back. What do
> people think of that idea?

Ok, I'll repeat here what I said on your bug report because not everyone 
will read that.

I really don't expect people to do this very often, switch between text 
entry and buttons that is, so I don't believe there should be a UI item 
in such a prominent place.

Typing paths does not sound like something the interface of a 
filemanager should be primarily designed for. At least not a basic 
easy-to-use point-and-click filemanager that we are aiming for with Thunar.


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