[Thunar-dev] Thunar User Interface

Benedikt Meurer benedikt.meurer at unix-ag.uni-siegen.de
Thu Feb 17 00:31:22 CET 2005

Benedikt Meurer wrote:
> Benedikt Meurer wrote:
>> Hm, shrinking the dialog the way you suggested looks odd. I agree with 
>> you that the sgid, suid and sticky stuff does not need to be visible 
>> by default. Perhaps you could get your hands on 
>> ThunarPropertiesDialog.py? ;-)
> While we are talking about removing seldomly used controls from the main 
> UI: Have you had a look at the Windows Explorer File Properties dialog yet?
>  http://thunar.xfce.org/wiki/ui:file-properties-dialog#windows_explorer
> Its interesting to have the MIME type and MIME application in the same 
> tab, and the actual application selection in a different dialog. Somehow 
> I think this looks even cleaner than the Nautilus approach of putting it 
> in a different tab. Especially, it hides (nearly) all details of the 
> MIME system from the user, since from the users point of view, there's 
> no mention of a MIME system and instead, the user just changes the 
> application to use for a given file (and thereby implicitly - just like 
> the user would expect - for all other files of the same type), but that 
> little detail is hidden from the default dialog.
> What confuses me is that Konqueror does very similar, but I think its 
> less intuitive than the Windows Explorer, but that may be due to the 
> fact that
>  a) the General tab looks very busy (to quote botsie)
>  b) Konqueror has two fields 'Type:' and 'Contents:', which causes quite 
> some confusion
>  c) In Konqueror its not obvious what the preferences button does, since 
> there's no mention of an `Open with' or `Application' in the dialog, 
> instead the button is on the same line as the MIME type description, 
> which makes it even worse IMHO.
> So, how about adopting that idea from Window Explorer for the MIME 
> application handling instead of adopting the handling from Nautilus? 
> Opinions? Ideas?

explains what I mean (basicly). This properties dialog is also in CVS 
now, so you can see for yourself.

I'm not really sure if I like, although its damn simple and looks very 


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