[Thunar-dev] Spatial or not-spatial?
benedikt.meurer at unix-ag.uni-siegen.de
Mon Feb 28 21:25:31 CET 2005
Ok, now on with the UI related parts...
>> Hoever, Benny definately has got a good formula (needs maybe one or
>> two things to make it really usable, but the concept is good) with the
>> mockup he presented us. It reminds me strongly of the gtk
>> file-chooser, and that is IMO a good thing (as I also stated in the
> I agree. Like I said during the discussion, it is exactly how I use Rox
> currently. Alexander's comment was that it a navigational interface
> needs a way to tell the user where they are. So, a location bar (not
> nice), a tree (doesn't really fit the design) [...]
Sorry if I missed a point, but which design do you mean here?
> or perhaps something like
> the path buttons in the gtk file chooser.
The GtkFileChooser attempt is quite nice for a file open dialog. I
wonder if it would work for a file manager as well.
>> perhaps this is a good time to iterate that the file manager itself
>> should only be -one- gui. There will be many in the future if we do
>> things right, like the desktop (being the secondmost important GUI to
>> the file manager), and possibly even the start menu in the far future.
>> The real file manager should perhaps even be a non-gui application or
>> library (although a process will undoubtably be a better design for
>> the sake of IPC).
>> Personally, my opinion doesn't matter. Neiter does the *personal*
>> opinion of any developer. It's all about our target audience... and
>> this is where all of us have to admit that we're in the dark. Benny's
>> best guess is a navigational file manager, one that closely resembles
>> other parts of xfce's gui already (gtk file chooser), and thus will
>> most likely be a good choice.
> Fully agreed. I was really wondering what made benny change his mind. I
> see advantages to spatial, especially implementation-wise, but I also
> from the start have felt that our users may not appreciate the
> restriction it imposes...
Well, as said, personally I'd prefer the spatial view, but as Auke said,
its not about our personal opinion...
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