reduce icons in icon chooser dialog

Fabian Nowak timystery at
Mon Mar 28 19:56:40 CEST 2011

Am Sonntag, den 27.03.2011, 21:01 +0200 schrieb Nick Schermer:
> On Sun, Mar 27, 2011 at 8:51 PM, Fabian Nowak <timystery at> wrote:
> > While I think this is a good idea to show less icons (actually so
> > trivial that one wonders why noone thought of that before), I would like
> > to bring into game the possibility of simply specifying icons by direct
> > text like in xfce4 panel 4.4. so this also somehow alleviates the
> > symlink/hardfile problem and is in most cases much quicker for the user
> > (think of simply typing "firefox" rather than click-type some
> > letters-scroll-ok).
> That's a separate problem and on my 4.10 todo list:
> So let's not make this discussion ot and discuss it on the bugs.

read: plus one, good idea, thumbs up ;) 

secondly, I didn't want to bash onto the panel usability, but rather
propose within or for this dialog to have this option. See attached
glade file. This is how I'd do it  and this way the old filenames would
still be shown. Moreover, the currently selected item can be indicated
with its name in the entry field and the icon can be enlarged, while the
listed items can be rather small and even without labels.

My problems with type-ahead are that 1) you never know the real name, 2)
sometimes "firefox" won't be found when on debian where Iceweasel is
installed, and 3) sometimes one would first have to choose "Actions" in
the combobox -- so this text entry would remove the need to first switch
to a different combobox. 

For what I think, most average users don't use type-ahead because they
neither know of it nor do they know the names -- cmp. with the entries
in the menus where only "editor" may be listed instead of "mousepad".



PS: I skip the question of what you meant with the bug list becaue it
would be OT ;)
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