Re: new file selector dialog?

On Fri, 2002-03-08 at 12:02, Sean Middleditch wrote:
> That's the advantage of GNOME/Open Source.  ^,^  Yes, there probably
> should be an option in the GNOME UI settings for turning off the
> side-bar/whatever of the "links."  They should definitely be a standard
> feature, tho.  While you may not use removable media at all, at work we
> just issued 7 laptops to elected officials for, basically, no purpose
> other than reading and dealing with board packets distributed on CD-ROM
> (and e-mail and SupportWeb access).

That doesn't mean they should be a standard feature. :) If I had to 
guess, I'd say that the need for removable media will continue to
decrease over time as work becomes more network-centric. I'll bet 
that for a lot of people a link to their email attachments folder
would be considerably more useful than a link to their floppy drive,
for instance.

My vote would be for some real research into whether the majority of
users would (a) use the direct device links, (b) be annoyed by having
them there if they didn't use them. Then, no matter the results, the
implementation should be configurable. If it emerges from the usability
testing that the links should be a standard feature, I can turn them
off. If it emerges that they don't need to be, you can add them when
creating the system image you use to set up the laptops you're giving
to your users.

> Giving them easy access was a requisite.  Thus, the laptops all have
> KDE, which already has the simple things like usable file selectors
> taken care of.  ~,^ 

Y'know, on gnome-devel-list that's very close to a flame, smiley or
no smiley. :/

> I really did like the gnome-file-selector tho.  Hopefully that gets
> completed and becomes standard.  Another issue I (and many others) would
> like to avoid is having 10 different file selectors for each app... it's
> already too bad that we have GTK+ and KDE, and then all the GNOME/GTK+
> apps that wrote their own file selectors because GTK+'s is so horrible.

No argument from me.


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