Re: search categories in beagle-search

On Sun, Jun 29, 2008 at 6:49 PM, D Bera <dbera web gmail com> wrote:
> Hey,
>   Beagle-search used to include a "search scope" menu to choose the
> type of data to search. My experience is that this menu often got
> ignored. I decided to make the category chooser more visible by
> putting it beside the input box. I am hoping that users will now use
> this more and get faster and fewer results. There was also an inherent
> slow path in the earlier implementation; beagle-search will feel a bit
> quicker now.
>   However I am not sure if this UI change is a good idea or even an
> improvement over the earlier. I tend to clutter GUIs by displaying all
> the possible options (y'no' ... like one of the other DEs). I am
> attaching two screenshots; scope-combobox.jpg shows the new UI and
> scope-menu.jpg shows the old UI. The changes are also available in the
> svn trunk. Try the svn trunk, take a look at the screenshots. I would
> really appreciate some feedback.
>   There is one more hurdle to cross before users can benefit from
> choosing a category for searching; currently even though there are
> results from only one category, not all the space is used. This
> sometimes forces the users to press the forward/back arrows even
> though there is ample space in to show all the results. There is a bug
> report opened on this, and I think it also has a few rejected patches.
> Apparently this is a hard problem to solve given the way the results
> are now displayed in beagle-search. Anyone willing to learn Gtk should
> benefit a lot by working on this problem :-D.
> Thanks in advance for your time and feedback,
> - dBera

I would opt for the new one (the UI does not look that bad) .. the old
one is hiden in the menu so that almost nobody even knows that it

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