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

Jari Rahkonen jari.rahkonen at pp1.inet.fi
Tue Apr 12 09:15:23 CEST 2005

Brian J. Tarricone wrote:

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>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 main thing here is to offer some level of consistency.  In
>GtkFileChooser, ctrl+L brings up the open location box.  In Firefox,
>ctrl+L focuses the location bar.  I understand Rox uses '/'.  Nautilus
>uses ctrl+L as well, correct?  I don't think we're going for the "have
>many ways of doing the same thing" philosophy here.  We should pick one,
>and stick with it.  IMHO, that should be ctrl+L.  Firefox alone (on
>Linux) most likely has more users than Rox, and I'd wager Nautilus does
>as well.  As GtkFileChooser becomes more widespread, I'm sure more
>people will have used apps with GtkFileChooser than those who have used Rox.
But GtkFileChooser uses both of the shortcuts. At least on my box it

>>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?
>As botsie mentioned, all shortcut keys should be listed next to their
>corresponding menu items (since all features should be available from
>the menu!), so discoverability isn't an issue.  A toggle button would
>only clutter the UI, IMO.  Not only that, but you're introducing a mouse
>click to enable an action that requires use of the keyboard (you might
>even say that the user is using this feature specifically so they don't
>have to use the mouse).  It just doesn't make sense.
>	-brian
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