[Thunar-dev] user interface ideas

Erlend Davidson E.R.M.Davidson at sms.ed.ac.uk
Sun Jul 23 17:57:42 CEST 2006

DINH Viêt Hoà wrote:
> Erlend Davidson wrote :
>>>>> I'd quite like it to be easier to change between the Location Selector 
>>>>> between the pathbar and toolbar styles - perhaps if you roll the 
>>>>> mouse-wheel over it then it switches between being a pathbar and a 
>>>>> toolbar.  This is useful when you want to copy and paste the path of the 
>>>>> directory you are in.
>>>> Well, Ctrl+L will always focus the location selector (pops up a dialog
>>>> in pathbar mode).
>>> maybe in pathbar mode, it could switch temporarly to location selector  
>>> so that it won't raise a dialog box.
>> Hmm, that might confuse users - especially new ones - why does it do  
>> this sometimes, and that other-times?  I still think using the mouse- 
>> wheel is a good idea - Xfce is the first desktop environment which ( 
>> out of the box) makes good use of the mouse-wheel (e.g. switching  
>> workspacing, rolling-up windows).  Again though there is a risk of  
>> confusing users (i.e. why did the location selector just change and  
>> how do I get it back?)
> The problem with mouse scroll wheel is that it is not explicit on the  
> interface.
> The temporary switch to an entry would get back to pathbar by pressed  
> ESC or losing focus on it.
> I am proposing that because with the pathbar style, the main usage of  
> a entry for the path would be entering a path by hand and switching  
> back to pathbar. I don't know much usage for it.
> Maybe a copy-paste of the current folder but that usage is reduced to  
> my opinion (that would be workarounded by an option in the right-click  
> contextual menu of the pathbar).
I really like that idea - right-clicking on the pathbar and click "Copy 
directory location to clipboard".  Even better (and I don't know if this 
is possible) if the menuitems that custom actions add to the standard 
right-click menu would also appear when you right-click menus on the 
path bar (which taking "Open terminal here" as an example does make 
sense) then "copy directory location to clipboard" could be implemented 
as an custom action.

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