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Re: Design Suggestion 2: Dired In The Drop Down Menus

From: David Masterson
Subject: Re: Design Suggestion 2: Dired In The Drop Down Menus
Date: 24 Sep 2001 09:08:07 -0700
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>>>>> "Kai" == Kai Großjohann <Kai.Grossjohann@CS.Uni-Dortmund.DE> writes:

> dmaster@synopsys.com (David Masterson) writes:
>> Better yet.  Could button1 (or 2 or 3) _in_ _the_ _minibuffer_ be
>> assigned to newline so that, after doing "File|Open" (or most any menu
>> command), with a simple click, you could say "execute the command with
>> the default value"?

> I guess that a large fraction of the newbies would start out with the
> menus, rather than the keyboard.  And newbies are not going to know
> that clicking in a special area on the screen will do something like
> this.  Especially since the menu bar is way up in the window and the
> minibuffer is way down.

True.  Sounds like a documentation issue.  What if the modeline
changed to say "Click below to accept default" when find-file or dired
asks for a pathname?  Or maybe the minibuffer could momentarily change
to 2 (or more) lines so that there is room for an extra message?

Of course, if you can use a mouse, I guess the best thing would be to
have a popup.

David Masterson                dmaster AT synopsys DOT com
Sr. R&D Engineer               Synopsys, Inc.
Software Engineering           Sunnyvale, CA

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