[Sugar-devel] [Dextrose] DESIGN: Proposed UI simplifications

Bernie Innocenti bernie at codewiz.org
Thu Oct 21 15:54:09 EDT 2010

On Thu, 2010-10-21 at 09:37 -0500, James Simmons wrote:
> This is a good list, but I'd add a couple of things:
> 1). Make the "Keep" button hidden by default.  If someone has a real
> need for it in his Activity he can make it visible.  It is the most
> misunderstood control in the whole UI, and when you finally do figure
> out what it does you wonder why anyone would want to use it.

Oh yeah... some time ago we agreed to fold the Keep function in a popup
menu within the Stop button, and rename it to "Keep a Copy".

> 2). Make the Journal UI a bit more like Sugar Commander.  In other
> words, represent the Journal proper differently than files and
> directories on SD cards and thumb drives, and make the metadata for
> Journal entries more visible.

This is a huge topic. I do agree that the Journal UI will need to be
overhauled in the future, but I'd rather not discuss it in this thread,
which is about trivial UI simplifications. How about creating a Feature
page with a full specification of the new UI you're proposing?

> 3).  My reading Activities open Journal entries by MIME type and
> change the Activity ID of the entry on closing.  In other words, when
> you open a Plain Text file with Read Etexts it gets the Read Etexts
> icon and in the future Read Etexts will be what is used to open it by
> default.  (You can still open it with other Activities that support
> the MIME type).  This would be a good default behavior for Sugar, in
> my opinion.

I agree.

Shall we start to compile a list of these "planned" changes in the wiki?
I already had one here:


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