Re: quick break insertion (was Re: Commit: some of Jared's UI suggestions)

Subject: Re: quick break insertion (was Re: Commit: some of Jared's UI suggestions)
From: Martin Sevior (
Date: Mon Aug 13 2001 - 19:16:20 CDT

On Mon, 13 Aug 2001, Paul Rohr wrote:

> If you want to optimize the UI for ultra-rapid access to very commonly-used
> operations (such as line and page breaks), that's a logical place for
> keybindings. That's why most of those had already been committed by October
> 1998 (rev 1.3), with simple section breaks getting added as "late" as
> February 1999 (rev. 1.20):
> ult.cpp
> Note that only the more complicated variants of section breaks don't have
> keybindings already -- but that makes sense for two reasons:
> 1. Unless you're developing or testing the feature, those variants are
> *very* rarely used.
> 2. The differences between them are subtle enough that they *beg* to be
> explained, and a dialog is a much easier place to get help in a UI than some
> pull-right menu.
> In short, all we need to do here is follow standard GUI design practices:
> - use the keyboard for quick access to high-frequency tasks
> - use dialogs for easy discovery & explanation of the same functionality
> Does that make sense?

Sure. However we need to make sure the kyebindings are visible to the
user. I guess they should be displayed in the break dialog somehow so
users can discover them as they use the program. Training by using :-)



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