[Kst] [Bug 121328] New: UI improvement: focus/selection indicators

Nicolas Brisset nicolas.brisset at eurocopter.com
Fri Feb 3 22:56:22 CET 2006

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           Summary: UI improvement: focus/selection indicators
           Product: kst
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: unspecified
        OS/Version: Linux
            Status: NEW
          Severity: wishlist
          Priority: NOR
         Component: general
        AssignedTo: kst kde org
        ReportedBy: nicolas.brisset eurocopter com

Version:           1.2.0_devel (using KDE 3.4.2, Mandrake Linux Cooker i586 - Cooker)
Compiler:          Target: i586-mandriva-linux-gnu
OS:                Linux (i686) release 2.6.12-12mdk

I have been thinking a bit about he focus/selection indicators issue. I understand why there are 2 sets (even though some programs live with just one), and I'd suggest going for very minor changes to make them easier to work with:
- use only one color (e.g. plot foreground color)
- differentiate between selection (filled squares) and focus (square outline)
- forget the black/white border (to indicate focus). I don't think it is necessary to see focus on an existing selection in that way
- when there is a multiple selection, use filled squares only at the corners of the rectangle containing all objects, let other indicators be only outlines
- do something for stupid users like me who keep trying to catch focus indicators to use as resize handles (frustrating, isn't it ?)
- maybe make the squares fully contained in the object instead of lying across their border (would especially help when the objects are in the corner of a window)

Those are rather minor usability issues, but they should simplify things to the point that the user's brain will have some spare "CPU" for actually thinking about what he intends to do, rather than just trying to understand the blinking and fill/border color changing :-)

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