[Nautilus-list] Re: GNOME user environment brainstorming

I was stuck on a windows box the other day and noticed something about
their keybindings. There was a menu that had two items with the same key
bound. If you pressed the hotkey once, it went to the first one. If you
pressed it again, it went to the second one. Then it would cycle if you
continued to do it. While not the prittiest thing, it would solve problems
with haveing conflicting keybindings to the point of atleast being able to
use things from the keyboard.

On Fri, 25 May 2001, Vlad Harchev wrote:

> On 24 May 2001, Havoc Pennington wrote:
>  Hi,
> > Hi,
> >
> > At Red Hat we were trying to come up with a list of stuff to hack on
> > for future GNOME versions, and came up with a lot of possible TODO
> > items for the GNOME user environment. Some of these are clearly in the
> > GNOME 2 oe beyond timeframe, some might be hackable into current
> > stable versions. The list is far longer than we can do ourselves, so,
> > maybe it will give people project ideas. We'll probably do some of
> > them though. No doubt user testing is in order to decide which of
> > these ideas are lame.
> [...]
> >  - Joe Smith's Preferences
> >      (user preferences, such as fonts/colors; this would replace
> >       control center with a folder full of icons a la Windows/Mac, and
> >       we'd want to rename dialogs from things like "Theme Selector" to
> >       things like "Fonts & Colors")
>  FWIW, it seems "Fonts & Colors" is a bad substitute for "Theme Selector"
> (since you won't be able to configure colors there - only select themes and
> fonts). "Appearance" is much better IMO.
> [...]
> > - On desktop, perhaps show "Havoc Pennington's Home" instead of
> >   "hp's Home"
> > - For user prefs folder, use full name also, "Havoc Pennington's
> >   Preferences"
>  It would be nice to make the name format configurable ("My foo" vs
> "userjoe's foo" vs "Joe Smith's foo" vs "foo").
> > Default prefs
> > ===
> >
> > - disable tearoff menus by default
> > - disable tearoff menubars by default
>  I think tearoffs is a very useful feature and they should be enabled by
> default - they don't take much space. It's one of the big advantages of gtk
> over other widegsets, and they are erally very useful (e.g. when searching for
> some document in the "Recent documents" user has just tear off the folder menu
> rather than navigating to that submenu each time).
>  I wanted to add that gnome is still lacking keyboard shortcuts for programs.
> I begining to think that it's technically easy to implement reliably in a way
> Panel in gnome-1.4 supports shortcuts for "run program" and "show menu"
> actions - by just stealing keypresses from X (by grabbing keys) - this will
> work with *any* window manager.
>  After keyboard shortcuts for programs are implemented, the next step is to
> implement "runonce" mode for shortcuts that will make mouseless work with
> gnome really possible and efficient - when such shortcut is pressed it's
> checked whether a program has been already launched using that shortcut - if
> it's not, program is started, if it's already running - just uniconify,
> unshring, raise its window and switch to desktop that program is running.
>  Best regards,
>   -Vlad
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