Re: tab behaviour, was [gedit-list] gedit 2.15.2 released
- From: "Kevin Kubasik" <kevin kubasik net>
- To: "John Pye" <john pye student unsw edu au>
- Cc: gedit-list <gedit-list gnome org>
- Subject: Re: tab behaviour, was [gedit-list] gedit 2.15.2 released
- Date: Thu, 18 May 2006 07:55:39 -0400
Or perhaps the solution is to start expanding Alt-tab to cycling tabs
in all MDI interfaces as well as windows....
On 5/18/06, John Pye <john pye student unsw edu au> wrote:
You know, most 'regular users' tend to read their emails in an MDI:
using that 'preview pane' thing. I don't think it's as foreign and scary
as you're making out. I take your point, anyway. Document-centric rather
than application-centric is going to be better for casual users. But it
looks like you're going to have to implement it yourself eh ;-)
Dimi Paun wrote:
> On Thu, 2006-05-18 at 14:09 +1000, John Pye wrote:
>> How exactly do you feel you are letting down users 'c'?
> Well, that's simple: by forcing MDI on them when they don't need it.
> And this is not a victimless choice. Here is a _very_ common workflow
> that I encounter in my daily routine (be it that I am in "development",
> "sysadmin", or "simple user" mode)":
> [Let's assume I'm trying to configure service foo]
> 0. I open up /etc/foo.conf in vim in a terminal
> 1. I realize I'm missing some info, I search for README file in
> Nautilus, then click on it. It opens in gedit. Great!
> Notice that the title of the window starts with "README".
> 2. I Alt-TAB back to the console
> 3. I do some work, then Alt-TAB back to the README file,
> whose title is correctly displayed at the bottom of the
> Alt-TAB switch window.
> 4. I Alt-TAB back to the console
> 5. Then I realize I need the "TODO" file. Fine, I click on
> in and it opens in gedit. Now the window title in gedit
> becomes "TODO..."
> 6. I Alt-TAB back to the console
> 7. I realize I need to look again at the README file.
> I Alt-TAB through the windows, looking for README...
> Fsck, I *swear* I had it opened... Maybe I've missed it.
> Go through all the windows again...No...It's somewhere
> here, damn it! Ah, STUPID ME!!! I should actually Alt-TAB
> to the TODO file, and _then_ go to the README file.
> <blush>How can an experienced person like me make such
> a childish mistake, and not figure out this logical step?!?</blush>
> Give me a break. As long as you operate 90% of your time in the
> MDI env (like in Eclipse for example), everything is fine. But when you
> start mixing different apps, MDI gets in your way _big_ time.
> Regular users have no business operation 90% of their time in
> gedit. If they did, by definition they would not be regular users!
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