Re: Patches improving tree view (multi-root and auto-follow)

Jürg Billeter wrote:
On Wed, 2003-06-11 at 14:54, Alexander Larsson wrote:

On Sun, 2003-06-08 at 16:07, Jürg Billeter wrote:

This implementation uses a tab on the left of the tree, while the
previous patch[1] someone worked on used multiple root elements. These
have various pros and cons:

tabs on left
pros: * You only see the dirs from the specific root, avoiding confusion. * Its easier to locate another root. You don't have to scroll around looking for it.
* Wastes more space horizontally.
* Two levels of tabs can be confusing. Also makes keynav more
* The tab can only have an icon, not any descriptive text, that wouldn't

I've made a mockup of a new variant where two cons can be removed (ok,
the first just converted from horiz. to vert.) and it doesn't look
konquered *g*. Please have a look at it and tell me what you think about
it. IMO it doesn't look that nice ATM, but that could be improved.


Your efforts are commendable (really! :), but the problem looks hard to solve IMHO. Basically, you're merging together two "lists": the usual Nautilus taskbar and a new multiple root list, which takes the place of the "tree" element in the taskbar. This will *inevitably* lead to a waste of space and usability problems.

A possible solution could be leaving the Tree element as it is now, i.e.
adding an expandable icon for every root under the folder currently
pointing to / and some separators to make things more clear. Icons should be a little bigger, too, to improve legibility.

But I wonder if it wasn't time to reconsider the elements composing the
current taskbar, reducing and rearranging them, especially if something
sensible comes out of the preview/view/edit thread (where were we with
that?): the History element is already present in the Go menu, the
Emblems element could be a special root item (just an idea), Notes and
Information could be merged and also work as a Preview for text and images.

In the end, the Taskbar (Sidebar?) could be reworked to accomplish two
basic tasks: tree navigation and file info/preview. At that point it
would be easier to find the right way to switch between the two.


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