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[Help-smalltalk] User interface of VisualGST

From: Eli Green
Subject: [Help-smalltalk] User interface of VisualGST
Date: Wed, 14 Oct 2009 14:40:53 +0200

First of all, let me state that I realize that VisualGST is a work in progress 
and that the main target platform is probably Gnomish and my ideas may be too 
Mac-ish (although I think Gnome is inspired by many of the better concepts of 
Mac OS 9). That being said, I have a few comments:

1. The toolbar is always the same no matter what window you're using. It should 
probably have things in it that apply specifically to the current window. The 
Debugger, for example, could have:

Run / Restart / Step Into / Step Over / Step Out

2. Windows such as the debugger and message finders may not even need a menu 
bar (maybe File and Edit for Gnome / Windows environments - on OS X it could be 
removed completely). It's a little strange to pick Tools->Browser in the 
Debugger and get a new tab in a different window!

Ok, those two were a little self-serving ... if there was only one really 
important menu bar, OS X could dispense with the others. But I do that 
window-specific toolbars make sense. :)

3. Using GtkSeparatorMenuItem instead of a blank GtkMenuItem looks nicer in OS 
X, under many GTK themes and is more correct anyway... I've attached a patch.


Attachment: gtk-menu-separator.patch
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