Button order in KFileDialog

Aaron J. Seigo aseigo at kde.org
Sun Jan 14 02:53:23 GMT 2007

On Saturday 13 January 2007 18:53, Andreas Hartmetz wrote:
> I propose to change the order of navigation buttons of KFileDialog
> from Up/Back/Forward to Back/Forward/Up, to make it more consistent
> with Konqueror (and other browsers people are used to). Ellen of
> openusability thinks this would be good, too - I asked her.

this was discussed when we (i) changed the button order in konqueror. i 
initially leaned towards consistency as well but then looked at the common 
actions in a file dialog.

most of the time "back" is actually the same location as "up". "up" is always 
a sensible selection while "back" only sometimes makes sense. therefore it's 
common to consider that "up" should have precedence.

in a web browser the opposite is true. konqi's interface is "optimized" if you 
will as a web browser.

so while they may look the same on the surface, they actually serve two rather 
different use cases. perhaps that's why users don't seem to have an issue 
with this apparent inconsistency.

may i ask what prompts this change on your part? is it simply a matter of 
spotting an inconsistency or do you have a deeper reason?

Aaron J. Seigo
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