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Feature #9546

Make keyboard in lighttable's file manager view behave like most actual file managers

Added by Richard Wonka almost 5 years ago. Updated almost 5 years ago.

Status:
New
Priority:
Medium
Assignee:
-
Category:
Lighttable
Target version:
-
Start date:
08/03/2013
Due date:
% Done:

0%

Affected Version:
System:
bitness:
64-bit
hardware architecture:
amd64/x86

Description

Current selection behaviour is weird and brings lots of discussion and complaints, essentially user frustration.

I propose to make the selection behaviour in lighttable's file manager view to act like most file managers do:

  • initial view: no selection
  • [arrow key]: select first image, then move single selection in direction indicated by arrow
  • [home]: select first image in collection
  • [end]: select last image in collection
  • [shift]+[arrow]: expand selected range in arrow direction
  • [shift]+[home]: select range from current selection to first image in selection
  • [shift]+[end]: analogous to above

This behaviour is common in most file managers, text editors, etc and is simply the way that a vast majority of users expect to navigate pretty much any list of items they encounter on a computer.

If darktable sticks to this commonly known convention, people don't have to learn a new way of navigating and selection in a list of things, thus the learning curve into darktable is suddenly not as steep any more.

BTW: this selection and navigation paradigm is already applied within all text fields in darktable. Consistency is great for user interfaces.

History

#1 Updated by Richard Wonka almost 5 years ago

I was tempted to file this as a bug, because the current navigation paradigm is pretty much non-existent anyway...

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