Stuff we've discussed on IRC.
Posted by azz at 2006-03-08 23:50
... was, I think, designed by somebody who didn't own a keyboard.
With the old, sensible file selector, when you got a save box, you could edit the filename then press return to save.
With the new one, it starts with the directory pulldown (which I never use -- I always have to expand the "Browse" thing) selected, so hitting an arrow key changes the directory, usually to somewhere you don't want to go...
... and pressing Return does nothing.
Now, this is a file selector. There's an obvious default action. Why the hell doesn't Return do it?
So now I have to hit Shift-Tab, then edit my filename, then press Alt-S -- and that's assuming that I want to save in the current directory.
Way to go with usability, GNOME.
And, of course, they got rid of tab completion, because God forbid anybody would ever want to learn how to use a piece of software efficiently.
Perhaps I should move that plan of mine -- where I was going to write a GTK patch that ripped out this piece of crap in favour of the old file selector -- up my to-do list a bit...
Oh don't be silly Adam! The capacity for tab completion is obviously too complicated for normal users, as is having an option to turn it on in the preferences. Remember, the purpose of the Gnome project is to create a desktop which underestimates the brainpower of its users as much as possible!