Improving the shell [was Re: merging applets]
- From: Thomas Wood <thos gnome org>
- To: Calum Benson <Calum Benson Sun COM>
- Cc: gnomecc-list gnome org
- Subject: Improving the shell [was Re: merging applets]
- Date: Fri, 07 Jul 2006 16:07:08 +0100
Calum Benson wrote:
I would tend to agree about the scanning, but I think as long you don't
need to scroll, and the icons stay in fixed position (i.e. do not start
wrapping), then it may be ok. Therefore I would prefer the second mock
up (cc-places), since it doesn't require any scrolling, and there are
few enough items in the categories that we could probably keep the
dialog at a fixed width. I'm not quite sure about the usefulness of
being able to add bookmarks, but I can see it could be useful if you
find yourself often using the same capplet (such as Theme or
Networking). Mac OS X has a similar bookmarking ability, and I have
actually used it there.
On 7 Jul 2006, at 12:39, Calum Benson wrote:
In both cases, the search box would search more than just the name of
the capplet-- ideally a description and perhaps the text labels in
Okay, so I didn't actually have a search box in the second one :) No
reason why you couldn't, though.
Caveat: personally I still don't really like this sort of
"categorised table" layout-- IMHO it's just too hard to visually scan
through and find what you're looking for, as first you have to play
guess-the-category, and then you have two dimensions to deal with
through rather than one.
I think the most important thing to do is to create a usable
control-center shell. It seems this is what users expect to see, and
they don't like using the menu (it always perturbed me slightly too).
The gnuLinEx distribution in Spain (used in government offices and
schools) created their own custom shell because of this, and Novell have
done the same. Combining the applets could be a longer term goal, but I
think replacing the current menu list with a nice control center shell
would not only be more advantageous, but also easier in the short term.
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