[MonoDevelop] Some minor usability suggestions

László Monda laci at monda.hu
Tue May 6 06:50:57 EDT 2008

On Tue, 2008-05-06 at 04:09 +0200, Lluis Sanchez Gual wrote:
> El dt 06 de 05 del 2008 a les 01:47 +0200, en/na László Monda va
> escriure:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > * Binding a hotkey to the action "go to the next error" would be very
> > useful.
> That's F4.

You're right.  I've missed that one earlier, sorry.

> > * The incremental search bar shouldn't contain a combobox.  Embedding
> > options within the combobox makes the search functionality obscure, as
> > its mode is not immediately visible.  Also, the "Find Previous" and
> > "Find Next" labels should be replaced with "Previous" and "Next" labels
> > respectively for optimal space usage and it'd be more intuitive to use
> > up and down arrow icons.  My suggestions here are based on Firefox.
> We should follow the GNOME HIG, not Firefox.

I think all of my above suggestions would improve the search interface
and I respect consistency provided by the HIG, but extracting options
from the combobox is clearly an improvement, since currently it's
impossible to see the mode of this interface element and it's very
confusing this way.

I don't know what section of the HIG tells you not to do that, but as
Federico stated earlier, the HIG should act as guidelines, not rules.

> > * Line numbers and code seems to blend together when folding is
> > disabled.  Line numbers should have a slightly darker background than
> > the white background of the default theme, this would clearly
> > differentiate line numbers from code and it'd be more pleasing visually.
> > 
> > These are small usability improvements, but I think they are relevant.  
> > 
> > Congratulations for MonoDevelop!  It keeps evolving nicely, it's really
> > a great experience to use a quality IDE on Linux.
> > 
> > Should I report some of these suggestions as (separate?) issues in
> > bugzilla?
> > 
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Laci  <http://monda.hu>

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