Re: Debian menus policy
On Sat, Dec 08, 2001 at 10:49:33PM -0800, Erik Steffl wrote:
> in addition to that IMO it would be good to have better menu structure
> so that the programs are not randomly all over place (just look at the
> menus of any system that has large number of programs installed, it's
> even more chaotic when you enable hints) - just take a look at it, it's
> quite appaling (I don't think there's any need to list examples).
No kidding. Plus some stuff that should be in a menu is missing and stuff that shouldn't be there is. Examples are abiword - it's not in
Gnome menu!! [it's in debian but it _really_ needs to be in Gnome - there's an old bug against it].
> IMO instead of section and hints there should be one structure of
> menus, user should be able to fine tune the menu system to display menus
> according to various preferences (optimize for smaller menu depth? for
> smaller numbers of items in each menu? put most often used item at the
> beginning? in the top level menu? whatever).
At least there should be a utility or something that would allow root to change the structory of the menu system. Is there anything like this
out there or is it a good project to start? :)
I would really suggest that items should be in alphanumeric order. That way people will know where it is on the list without reading all of
> another point: IMO the debian menu should be accessible by
> left-clicking on the root window in all window managers.
In Gnome with Sawfish it's accesible with a middle click. Left clicking might cause problems as then you have to differentiate b/w a click
and a drag. This would make the pop-up window not very reliable.