Loosely ordered tasks left (feb 25)
How it looks... with preview (feb 25)
How it looks... without preview (feb 25)
- New (feb 25): single
the bookmarks list should take you immediately to that location rather
than requiring a double click. Long
term: if you are in a location that corresponds to a bookmark,
that item in the bookmarks list should be highlighted (duplicate
bookmarks can be disallowed if that makes highlighting easier, or the
first instance of the item can be highlighted).
- New (feb 25): when the
bookmarks pane shrinks so that the add/remove buttons don't fit, they
should turn into [+] [-] buttons. If the pane is shrunk further they
should just disappear, allowing the pane to be further contracter.
Clicking the expander should collapse the bookmarks pane to have no
width. This allows people to get rid of bookmarks. See screenshot in
the preview section to see how this looks.
- New (feb 25): (may be
long term), replace [/] with a button showing the appropriate image. We
might also do this for the start of other roots, such as a remote
fileshare (of course we would use the network drive icon for this, not
the hardisk icon). See screenshot in the preview section to see how
- Note (feb 25): the file
illustrative in most of these mockups and were swiped from Nautilus.
Thus the number of columns is off. There should be two columns: "Name"
and "Date". The date column should long term present dates the same way
as Nautilus (which should in turn be the same as Evolution).
- Ctrl-L pops up an auto-complete entry like Nautilus'. It would be
nice to actually display a short list of files beneath the entry
(perhaps 7 items or so), that updates in the background as you type,
providing feedback as to the options from the current location. If a
filename is typed, after accepting the popup dialog, not only should
the folder should be changed, but that file should be selected. Thus
specifying a file involves the keystroke series: Ctrl-L, type path
name, Enter, Enter.
- Alt-Up changes to the parent folder, like Nautilus
- Alt-Home changes to the home folder, like Nautilus
- No entry widget means list selection is a direct manipulation,
rather than going through a layer of abstraction. Conceptual model is
"List selection chooses items to open" vs. "List selection changes the
entry widget, the entry widget indicates the file name to open from the
- Selecting a folder in the file pane and clicking [Add] will add
the selected folder to the bookmarks list. This is the default behavior
people will look for. If no files are selected, the current folder will
be added (provides the ability to add "/", among other things).
Dragging a folder from the file pane to the bookmarks list also adds a
bookmark. [Remove] should only be sensitive if an item in the bookmarks
list is selected.
- Path widget (above the file pane) combines display of current
file pane state with the ability to change the current state. Also
avoids the archane concept of path strings, which we don't expose
elsewhere in the interface (and e.g. aren't exposed on Windows or
- Clicking one of the buttons in the path widget changes the file
pane to display the contents of that folder, and updates the path
widget to only show folders up to that point. E.g. if the path widget
shows [/] [home] [seth] [folder], and I click on [home], the path
widget should display the contents of /home, and the path widget should
change to be [/] [home].
- The file pane is focused by default
- Long term: It might be
nice to not "destroy ahead" in the path widget, and only update the
path widget when the path shown is inconsistent with the current
- Long term: Should
consider using the hard disk icon in the button instead of displaying
"[/]" (still have to have an a11y string that says "root" though).
- Long term: typeahead in
the file pane allows selection of files (even in nested folders) using
the same set of keystrokes as the list widget
Open Dialog with Preview
The long term goal for preview (not really doable currently):
Save As Dialog
- Ctrl-L pops up a location dialog. If users type an existing
directory into the dialog and accept it, the Save In Folder changes to
that location. Alternatively, users may enter a full path with a new
filename, which will also change the "Name" entry. Thus the flow for
somebody wishing to specify a path would be: Ctrl-L, type path, Enter,
- The most common use for Save As is to save a file in the default
- Thus, most important operation in "Save As..." is naming the
document. Prominence in the interface is given to choosing the name.
- Most people will occasionally put files somewhere besides the
default folder. Usually they will want to put the file in a "standard"
folder: their desktop, a device such as a zip drive, or a network
share. Also they may have a bookmarked folder they commonly use (for
example, a project folder). Thus we provide convenient (though not of
primary prominence) access to saving files to the same list of
locations as provided by the bookmarks list in the Open dialog. "Save
in Folder" should contain the same items as the bookmarks list.
- Another operation most people will have to do some times is
select the file type. This is less commonly needed by Windows users
(the default is fine almost always), but Linux users will realistically
have to save as, e.g. MS Word from time to time.
- Long term: it may not be
possible to have programs specify icons for each file type with the
current API, but it would be good to have this long term as it
reinforces the mapping between file types and icons at the first point
people encounter them, and increases the ease of recognition in
selecting from different file types.
- Long term: Ctrl-Home
should change Save In Folder to the Home folder.
Save As Dialog (expanded)
- A smaller
important set of users will want to save files into arbitrary
locations. Also, "normal" people will occasionally need to do this
(though it is not expected that most people will need this in everyday
work). "Browse for other folders" is an expander that expands to
provide full browsing capabilities, paralleling those of the Open
- Wasn't able to convince Glade to do this, but when "Browse for
other folders" is expanded, "Save in Folder" should be insensitive as
it duplicates the functionality of the bookmarks list.
- Long term: in the path
widget, to the right of the last selected folder, put a [New Folder]
button, using the stock "new" icon. This creates a new folder at the