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

Xiong Jiang linuster at gmail.com
Wed Apr 13 07:23:09 CEST 2005

I would switch between buttons and text very often. It's great feature
to let me copy/paste the path from/to command line tools.

Many users will love this.

On 4/11/05, Jasper Huijsmans <jasper at xfce.org> wrote:
> 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..
> >
> Agreed.
> > 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.
>         Jasper
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