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Re: NSToolbar look/selecting items


From: M. Uli Kusterer
Subject: Re: NSToolbar look/selecting items
Date: Mon, 01 Nov 2004 00:36:26 +0100
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In article <address@hidden>,
 Quentin Mathé <address@hidden> wrote:

> No I mean when clicking the "chevron", the toolbar would extend 
> horizontally across the screen area, by using a special window 
> overlaying the window which owns the toolbar. If the extended toolbar 
> cannot show all the icons, eventually we can add another row of toolbar 
> items just below, but in my opinion this second row possibility 
> shouldn't be implemented because we shouldn't allow to have so many 
> toolbar items.

Quentin,

 I like that idea! First, it'll be easy to implement (well except for 
making sure that it doesn't go on off-screen and that it gets nudged to 
the left if the window is at the screen's right edge), and second it's a 
good compromise.

 And I think not having several rows is a better choice, usability-wise. 
The toolbar is intended for quick access to items. If a toolbar is so 
full that you need to "expand" it, using it is the same work as picking 
the corresponding menu item.

 And since most toolbar items are simply "shortcuts" for menu items (or 
at least they should be), that should be quite enough.

 Not having several rows will encourage good UI design and save time for 
other things.

Thanks for this nice class!
-- Uli


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