Re: Nautilus 2.6 - We're going all spatial

On Tue, 2003-09-16 at 21:25, Arik Devens wrote:
> On Tuesday, September 16, 2003, at 01:14  am, Ettore Perazzoli wrote:
> > Then it would be nice to have at least some proof that those users are 
> > a
> > minority.  As far as I can see, the overwhelming majority of computer
> > users out there very happily uses the navigation model.
> >
> > Even better, Windows and Mac used to have an OO model, and both 
> > switched
> > to a navigation model.  Did they do that just for fun or was it a
> > horrible mistake?  (And if so, why aren't they fixing it?)
> As Seth pointed out, Windows never really had a true spatial model for 
> Explorer at all. It was always a weird mix of many things with very 
> little apparent thought put into the mechanics of it.
> As for Mac OS X, the loss of the spatial Finder from previous versions 
> of the OS is probably the most frequently heard complaint amongst Mac 
> pundits and users. I have heard many many many old time users complain 
> endlessly about the death of the original spatial Finder and the only 
> people I have seen who say they like it better are new users to the 
> platform who came from Windows or Linux.

"But since they were vocal, they were intermediate users, and not
representative of the majority." /me runs.

(Note for the humour-impaired: JOKE!)

> Oh, btw, one of the ways that the old Mac Finder made spatial easier 
> for more advanced users was the inclusion of the tree view. You could 
> open one window at the root level of the drive that was in tree view 
> and see the contents of the entire drive. It unfolded to even include 
> the files in the various folders. When you would double click on any of 
> the folders though, it would open in its own window, and close the 
> expanded view in the Finder window in tree view mode. This way the 
> spatial model was still being followed, while allowing a more advanced 
> view of the filesystem. Could be a useful thing to have in Nautilus, 
> and less likely to be patented then spring-loaded folders.

Yes; I strongly suspect that we need a treeview of some sort in the
spacial model, to get around the filesystem properly. A lot of people
don't use the current treeview, but I think this is because it uses up a
great chunk of the nautilus window - not relevant if it's in a separate

Andrew Sobala <aes gnome org>

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