Re: Nautilus 2.6 - We're going all spatial

On Tue, 2003-09-16 at 22:10, Andrew Sobala wrote:
> On Mon, 2003-09-15 at 15:28, Dave Camp wrote:
> > During the nautilus 2.4 cycle there was some discussion on
> > nautilus-list about the "Object Oriented" metaphor vs. the "Navigation
> > Metaphor".  That thread started at
> >
> > (read that mail if you need an introduction to the OO and Navigation
> > metaphors).
> > 
> > Our general opinion coming out of that thread was that the Object
> > Oriented metaphor was probably easier to learn, and built a stronger
> > conceptual model for users, but that the convenience benefits of a
> > navigation window outweighed those.
> > 
> It's interesting to look at the "number of clicks" to do different jobs
> with the navigation and OO metaphores.
> eg: Moving a file from ~/a/b1/ to ~/a/b2
> Oo: Open home. Open b1. Click on home window to bring to front. Open b2.
> Click on home window to bring to front. Close home window. Drag file.
> Close b1. Close b2. TOTAL: 9 clicks.

This is totally ignoring the "features" of spatial browsing. If you want
to do this copy its highly likely that b1 and b2 are related in some
way, and often used together. Therefore the b1 and b2 windows are
already placed such that they don't overlap home or each other.

This means: open home, click b1, click b2, drag file, close b1, close
b2. TOTAL: 6 clicks. 

> Navigation: Open home. Open b1 in new window (2 clicks). Open b2 in
> original window., Drag file. Close b1. Close b2. TOTAL: 7 clicks.
> And this is the case with most examples I can think of.
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