Re: Nautilus design choices redux

Gregory Merchan wrote:
Here again are the questions:

Inline vs. External Views

Browser-style vs. Spatial Navigation

Aren't these really just two instances of the same question: "Should documents be opened in the same window or in a new window?"

(Where "documents" are either files or directories.)

When looked at from this perspective, the differences don't seem all that consequential. Sometimes one wants to open a file, directory, or web page in a new window, and sometimes in the same window. Furthermore, the differences between the two probably can't be stated in terms of hard usability issues -- it's more a matter of fitting a person's volatile "style of work".

Maybe the most important thing would be to make it easy for a user to open any document either in a new window or the same window as he/she wishes? If this were done well, I think the whole problem would go away. What do you think?


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