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

Alexander Larsson wrote:
On Fri, 2003-06-13 at 12:05, Jürg Billeter wrote:

On Fri, 2003-06-13 at 10:43, Roberto Rosselli Del Turco wrote:

Jürg Billeter wrote:

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.

Perhaps it's finally really the best solution but I don't want to miss a
trial. Perhaps we could make the root nodes in bold text or something
like that.

I also suspect that having multiple roots will be the best solution.

To make clear which nodes are roots we could rely (apart from icon hyerarchy/layout) on a combination of 1. specific, well designed icons for every root type (i.e. a disk partition, a network share, etc.) 2. root names highlighting in bold or using different text back-/foreground colors 3. separators, just to make clear that a given hyerarchy doesn't "continue" in the following one.

However, that doesn't rule out that we should do some experimenting and
thinking about alternative solution.


Looking at other file managers do and what people here think it seems
like multiple roots and tree-follows-view behaviour is the current
"best" solution. But lets do some more thinking before finalizing this.

Consider also that, if you add more roots to the Tree view in the taskbar and implement tree-follows-view behaviour, you might be forced to do a lot of scrolling between dirs if you want to copy a file in your home dir to, say, a remote nfs dir, and vice versa. If you can drag'n'drop files between the main view and the tree view, the latter is more than a simple navigational helper, it's like a poor man's version of the split pane common to many "old school" file managers [1]. Implementing tree-follows-view behaviour, while at the same time adding multiple roots, would cripple this feature in such a way as to make it from very unconvenient to pretty useless. It would be acceptable if Nautilus were to get a split pane view, but I suspect this isn't happening any time soon (unfortunately...).

[1] It probably isn't a coincidence that I use Gentoo when I have lots of files to copy/move ... ah, the good days of Directory Opus on the Amiga ;)


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