Re: the Nautilus context menu

What about borrowing a little from the BeOS interface (if we can):

In the file manager menu for BeOS, if you right-clicked on an item, you
got a browseable file tree as one of the options (something like 'move
to' or 'copy to') and you could browse the fs hierarchy and when you
clicked on the destination directory, the file was copied/moved.

That was something I really liked, but what about anyone else?  Do you
think it could be included?



On Wed, 2002-11-13 at 18:08, Bill Haneman wrote:
> OK, despite my kidding, I'll throw caution to the wind and add to the
> fire...
> I think Greg has a point:
> * 'cut' is a little odd, though conventional, for something which is
> essentially a "move" operation, so there's merit in using a different
> verb in the Nautilus view.  Whether it's worth breaking convention is
> another matter.
> * we do need a keyboard equivalent for all drag-and-drop operations, for
> accessibility reasons, whether we call it "pick up" and "drop", or "cut"
> and "paste".  In some ways "pick up" and "drop" make the relationship
> between the keyboard operations and the mouse-based gestures more
> clear.  
> Users have gotten accustomed to drag and drop between apps, of icons
> onto launchers, etc. - in some ways these metaphors are quite different
> from "cut", "copy", and "paste".  If we want to add a keybinding that
> does what "drag and drop" does for these more complex cases (where we're
> not working with the system clipboard, etc.), does it still make sense
> to call it "copy" and "paste" ?  I think not.  
> So I think that when one looks at the big picture, and tries to
> anticipate the extension of drag and drop to keynav and menus (needed
> for accessibility), it may be that the verbs we use bear re-examination,
> and in that context I think Greg's suggestion is actually better.
> best regards,
> -Bill
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Jason A. Pfeil                        pfeil 10East com
Senior Open Systems Engineer
10East, Inc.                          (904)220-DOCS

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