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Re: C-h K and C-h F in the Help menu

From: Lennart Borgman
Subject: Re: C-h K and C-h F in the Help menu
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 01:13:50 +0200
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Alan Mackenzie wrote:
Hi, Lennart!

Hi Alan!
Submenus will reduce the number of items even if there is only two subitems and I believe that this will be helpful for the reasons I have tried to outline above.

Submenus don't reduce the number of items.  They just make some of them
invisible, thus _increasing_ search effort.  Activating a menu item when
it is hidden within a sub-menu is much slower than when it is directly
You are right. It has disadvantages that some items are invisible but it also has advantages. However I do not believe that accessing an item fast is of much importance in the help menus. Is it not more important to easily get an overview of what is there?

I think submenus can help very much for that. But they can also damage the overview if they are not logical (from the users point of view, not the developers of course).

The way to reduce the number of items is to reduce the number of items.
If 17 is too many (which I can quite well believe), then categorise them
into "must have", "should have" and "nice to have", and get rid of all of
the last lot.  :-)
I did not find anything that was not useful in the help menu and I thought that the existence of the items had been discussed before.

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