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Re: vfolder .desktop and Window Maker



On Mon, Feb 10, 2003 at 01:48:44PM +0100, Sven Luther wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 10, 2003 at 10:52:32PM +1100, Jeff Waugh wrote:
> > <quote who="Marcelo E. Magallon">
> > >  What I really miss in the VFolder proposal are categories such as
> > >  "Viewers", "Math" and "Shells".  The whole games section is not granular
> > >  enough.
> > 
> > You have to remember that users find overbearing heirarchy confusing and
> > invasive.
> 
> And exceedingly long menus are ok ?
> 
> Maybe a solution would be to keep a hierarchical representation, and
> have the menu automatically adjust. If there are only a few items in a
> submenu, then it is 'inlined' in the parent menu, with maybe a separator
> of some kind, but when either the parent menu becomes too big, or there
> are to many items in a submenu, then it is displayed in a submenu.

the idea behind this is great, but it seems anti-intuitive. i dont think
the computer should try to be better at organization than humans are.
(although some computer are probably better than some humans.)

automatically, inlining and uninlining would mean that menus might
appear and disappear automatically, which is a quality i dislike about
computers.

> Ideally, there would be a way for each user to set this inlining or not,
> so each submenu could be either in a submenu, inlined or automatically
> determined.

i would support this if the default were to not inline, as inlining
sounds good if you know it is going to happen.

-- 
gram

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