Re: Re: [Usability]Re: Accelerator for New Window

On Wed, 2002-05-08 at 11:11, Christian Meyer wrote:
> On Wed, 2002-05-08 at 02:35, Maciej Stachowiak wrote:
> > On 08May2002 02:36PM (-1000), Liam R. E. Quin wrote:
> > > 
> > > [2] How can such users be accommodated?
> > > 
> > >     For example, loadable key-binding sets?  That can make it hard
> for
> > >     people staffing help desks or sharing a desktop.
> > 
> > Gtk+ supports keybinding themes.
> > I think that would be the best approach. Sharing a desktop shouldn't
> > be a problem as long as it's easy to switch keybinding themes. As for
> > the help-desk issue, having users able to use a keybinding theme
> > they're comfortable with is probably a net win for the help desk.
> > And if it isn't, the help desk can always say "if you don't use the
> > default keybinding theme, you're on your own". That seems to be a
> > fairly common help desk behavior. :>) Anyway, if it's a matter of
> > instructing the user to do something, they can always instruct the
> > user to do it with the mouse.
> Nice to see discussion about that keybinding.
> IMHO, we should finally agree on *one* keybinding. I don't have problems
> with ctrl-shift-n, but ctrl-n is like already mentionned the default
> keybinding for New Window in galeon.
> If we decide to choose that one, it'd be much easier for people if
> they're used to galeon. I don't know much about emacs since I don't use
> it, but why should we care about emacs user? emacs is *not* a core GNOME
> program.
> I also don't know much about medusa, since I never used it. It's just a
> question when it'll be integrated in nautilus again (maybe even if it
> will be ever again integrated).

I'm sory I confused the issue with emacs bindings. I was trying to give
an example of why ctrl+N was a bad keybinding for `new folder', then I
went off on a tangent.

Valuing consistancy with other Gnome apps is very important. For that
reason (and the principle that common keybindings should be simpler than
uncommon ones) I think Ctrl+N should be `make a new window' just as it
is in Galeon, Gnumeric, Gedit, etc.


As for issues of accadently creating folders on the desktop, my main
issue was that ctrl+n is a common keybinding and that it makes it easier
than it should be to make filesystem changes (in the form of creating a
directory) without the user noticing.

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