Introduction and toolkit abstraction

Thomas Leonard tal00r at
Wed Sep 15 16:11:19 EEST 2004

On Tue, Sep 14, 2004 at 04:38:07PM -0400, Sean Middleditch wrote:
> The file manager as the file selector is something that many people
> would like to see.  In terms of opening a file, that's already what it
> does.  You browse the file, click/double-click on it, and there you go.
> It's open.  Many (most?) apps also let you drag-n-drop a file from the
> file manager to the app window to open it.
> For saving files, things get a little tricker.  The UI needs to be
> figured out precisely.  ROX uses a technique where you type in the name
> of the file, then drag an icon into your file manager to save it.  Given
> the accessibility issues with drag-n-drop, I don't at all care for that
> solution, but I'm sure someone somewhere has other ideas on how this
> could work.

Can't we provide a way to get a menu of drop-targets somehow? Either
a menu, or highlight areas of the screen where you can drop something of
that type.

So, you press the drag key, and all windows that can accept that item
highlight with numbers in them. You press the number you want, and all the
drop-targets in that window highlight (if more than one), and the drop
goes to the one you choose.

But, just a simple menu of filer windows that are open would be a fine
solution for saving.

Thomas Leonard
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