File drop popup menu removal

Ingo Klöcker kloecker at
Tue Sep 7 21:10:02 BST 2004

On Tuesday 07 September 2004 20:48, Aaron Seigo wrote:
> On September 7, 2004 12:26, Ishai Asa wrote:
> > developers, a poll or a survey cannot be only among KDE developers.
> > This issue should really be addressed by the usability team,  but I
> > don’t know their opinions or what they have been done in this area.
> i'm not the "usability team", but as one member of said nebulous
> entity i'd offer this:
> one may move, copy, link or decide to not drop an object. which of
> these actions will happen when moving the item is not apparent simply
> by the act of moving it (unlike in the "real world"), and moreover
> figuring out how to modify the default behaviour without some
> explicit help is nigh impossible for most "average" computer users.
> for us sophisticated users, modifier keys are an obvious thing due to
> our familiarity and skill with the interface. we are the exception.
> for these reasons the popup menu is a net win. not a complete win,
> but a net win. removing it would be a net loss.
> > As a final note:
> > Since there are valid arguments for both cases, maybe the solution
> > is to make it configurable (and even have the default configuration
> > be the previous dnd bindings/behavior).
> oh, please no. a lot of things can and even should be configurable,
> but we really ought to avoid making basic things like this
> configurable. otherwise we will end up with a number of options that
> make our current count look cute and create even more burdon for
> help-desk (and irc-desk ;) tasks. not to mention that if it was made
> configurable, it should be system-wide for apps like kmail etc to
> follow otherwise we end up with inconsistencies, and this means a lot
> more work to get things Right(tm) if we move from our current
> position.
> in fact, i'd love to see kmail lose its configuration option to
> eliminate those popup menus, which violates our current UI style
> guide =) :

Have fun reading up the heated discussion on kmail-devel after the popup 
was introduced. The configurability will stay (but it could be hidden 
in KConfigXT).

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