Opened 9 years ago

Closed 8 years ago

#1050 closed defect (fixed)

Window menu is confusing

Reported by: zenogantner Owned by:
Priority: minor Milestone:
Component: editor Version: 0.74
Keywords: menu, usability, tabs Cc:


There are many similar-sounding menu items in the Window menu.
Maybe it would be better to remove some of them, or at least to describe them better so that users can differentiate them:

See also attached screenshot.

  • Last Visited File
  • Oldest Visited File
  • Next File
  • Previous File
  • Last Visited File (again??)
  • Goto previous positions (does currently not work)
  • Show previous positions (does currently not work)
  • Right Click (strange, if I want to see the popup menu, why don't I just right click? maybe rename to 'popup menu' or 'context menu'?)

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Change History (7)

Changed 9 years ago by zenogantner

comment:1 Changed 8 years ago by azawawi

Yeah it is totally confusing. All you need is next and previous file and the context menu... :)

comment:2 Changed 8 years ago by szabgab

It is confusing I see but each item had its own meaning at one point. maybe they need to be in a secondary menu and make sure they work well and are described well in the Features

comment:3 Changed 8 years ago by zenogantner

Well, my opinion is that we should get rid of "* Visited File" - just cycling through the files with Next/Previous? totally does the job.

The difference between the two cycling options is that Next/Previous? cycles in the visual order of the tabs (so the user can predict where they will move), while with Last/Oldest? the order is the order of "use" - which may have been modified by directly choosing a file/tab.

Latest/Oldest? has several problems:

  1. What does "visiting" mean? Actually visiting the tab, or does there have to be some scrolling/editing.
  2. The visiting order has to be kept in the user's working memory so that the user can predict the outcome of their actions.
  3. If I use "Last Visited File" twice, what happens? The "Last Visited File" is now in the prior tab. This behaviour is correct in the second menu entry "Last Visited File", but the first one does not behave this way.

"previous positions" still does not work - at least not in a way obvious to me.
Is there somewhere an option to save positions?

comment:4 Changed 8 years ago by zenogantner

About the "previous positions": does this feature want to be like the enhancement described in #1332?

comment:5 Changed 8 years ago by azawawi

*Visited menu items have been removed
*positions is not working and is now removed
Right click is a context menu now

Fixed in r16990

comment:6 Changed 8 years ago by azawawi

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed
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