Re: Patch for Delete key behavior (for dia-0.96.1)

On 9/28/07, Sameer Sahasrabuddhe <sameerds gmail com> wrote:

  Rename  F2  Switch the selected item's label into edit mode,
                       allowing user to type in a new name.

All I am saying is that the "action" here is very very close to
editing the text in a text object. Replace "label" and "name" with
"text", and you have the same description.

For what its worth, I just discovered that spreadsheet programs
(Gnumeric and also the one in OpenOffice) also use F2 to edit the
contents of a cell. I have rarely used spreadsheets before, and I
decided to try F2 because it seemed natural in the light of my
arguments so far, and it worked!

Only one fine point ... the Gnome HIG says "allowing the user to type
in a new name". If we were to follow that strictly, we would have to
make the whole text selected by default assuming the user always wants
to replace the existing text with new text. The spreadsheets enter
plain edit mode and not replace mode.

Research Scholar, Department of CSE, IIT Bombay

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