"Create Snippet From Selection" context-menu entry

Andreas Pakulat apaku at gmx.de
Fri Feb 12 07:12:38 UTC 2010

On 12.02.10 01:41:22, Milian Wolff wrote:
> On Thursday 11 February 2010 23:46:23 David Nolden wrote:
> > Hi! I have a problem with this context-menu entry in the editor. The
> > problem is that it shows up _always_, and it shows up in a very bad place,
> > without any separation from the code-navigation features.
> If you tell me how I could separate it from the code-navigation entries, I'll 
> happily do so. And regarding the "shows up always": I can change it to only 
> show once a selection is actually available, but that imo decreases the 
> discoverability of that feature immensely. What do others think?

This part I kind of agree with David and actually you do too. We've had
very long discussions about the context menu in the treeview only
containing actions which make sense based on the current context. The
same applies here. If you want to improve discoverability of this
feature, then add a permanent action to the main menu (in
Editor->Snippets for example), that is greyed out without a selection in
the editor.

> > Yes in same cases it's greyed out, but anyway I think this anyway is not
> > something you will be doing all the time. Such "random plugin" entries
> > should only show up if there is a real indication that the user is
> > actually using that plugin, for example it should definitely not show up
> > if I don't even have the snippet tool view added to my mainwindow.
> Well, the question here is: Is a plugin supposed to be "working" or 
> "activated" without it's view? In the snippets case it is not imo - just like 
> you say, but what about other plugins? And this also imposes a bit of 
> additional cruft on my side (i.e. track how many views are available and only 
> show if the number of views is higher than 0.
> But actually snippets are "working" without a snippets view. You just can't 
> edit them.

FACK. Having plugins track how many views are open to check wether they
should add view-unrelated actions is simply wrong. If a plugin is loaded
all its functionality should be available.


You would if you could but you can't so you won't.

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