Re: [Usability]Re: toolbar issues

Throbbers are nice in that you can immediately tell if the program is in
a long operation rather than it hanging.  For instance, even though the
shift has been away from nautilus as an all-singing, all-dancing
wonder-program to a fast (And featureful) file manager, that doesn't
mean that there isn't the network consideration anymore. We still have
slow NFS mounts, SMB shares, and WebDAV stores to deal with.  Those are
never going to be immediate.  And I would be most upset if nautilus
stopped supporting those, as those are pretty basic enterprise
features.  I use them quite often....and it is nice to see the throbber,
so I have an indication that it is the server being slow, and not
nautilus hanging.


On Mon, 2002-05-20 at 10:47, David Moles wrote:
> On Sun, 2002-05-19 at 14:42, Dave Bordoley wrote:
> > I think your point is actually more relevant to galeon than to nautilus.
> > Imo nautilus should be transparent to gnome. What I mean by that is that
> > the user shouldn't care that they are using "nautilus," they should only
> > have to know that they are using gnome and this is the app that is used
> > to view files. It is for this reason that i think in nautilus a standard
> > throbber, and no theming would be nice. Since it's a file
> > manager/desktop shell. User shouldn't have to care about it.
> Possibly this is crack, but: Does Nautilus need a throbber at all?
> Shouldn't local file-viewing operations complete instantaneously? (Yeah,
> I know they *don't*, but *shouldn't* they?)
> I guess I can see a case for some sort of progress indicator for
> networked filesystems, where things may not happen instantaneously.
> But even there, is a throbber really The Right Thing? Seems like an
> actual progress indicator of some sort (one that indicates progress,
> rather than just saying "Working..." like the old Star Trek computer)
> would be more helpful. Are throbbers more than just eye candy? What
> do y'all think?
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