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Bug 35564 - Minimize explorer node names width
Summary: Minimize explorer node names width
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 42589
Alias: None
Product: projects
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Generic Projects UI (show other bugs)
Version: 3.x
Hardware: All All
: P2 blocker (vote)
Assignee: Petr Hrebejk
Depends on: 26185 38051 38052
Blocks: 35735
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Reported: 2003-08-21 10:44 UTC by mvinar
Modified: 2004-09-02 16:11 UTC (History)
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Description mvinar 2003-08-21 10:44:25 UTC
User problem:
The explorer has too wide Node display names
requiring horizontal scrollbar use which
negatively affects usability.

User need:
The user needs to browse through the explorer
content without having to work with the horizontal
scrollbar (unless he made the window very narrow
or is in a very deep level in the tree).

Product requirement:
Reconsider all the tree node display names to only
display necessary information (such as the folder
name instead of path for filesystem roots) to
minimize the content width.
Comment 1 _ tboudreau 2003-08-24 00:47:22 UTC
Hack factor: 0
Difficulty: 0 - mainly this is replacing bundle keys and a
few trivial code changes.

Note a semi-alternative (already implemented in a branch):
Use HTML to affect text color, to de-emphasize unimportant
text (like vcs statii).  It both looks much more attractive,
and indicates that the information is less-important details,
reducing the temptation to horizontally scroll.

 - For filesystems this is at least something of an issue;
the path name is useful information, but can be long.
Possibly it could be truncated and the entire thing put
in the tooltip;  alternative is to require user enter
a name for a mount (not sure this is a great idea).

Comment 2 iformanek 2003-12-12 14:26:00 UTC
Suggest to address this in 3.6 by:
- displaying only last folder name for root node of Filesystem, 
instead of full path (which, on Windows, is usually something 
like "C:\Documents and Settings\xxxxxxxxxx")
- changing the annotation pattern for VCS to augment display name for 
files only if sticky tag exists, as the Revision is not too useful 
and Status is redundant because it is already displayed in the icon.
Comment 3 _ tboudreau 2003-12-12 14:56:51 UTC
Ian, I'd suggest creating high-priority enhancements for vcs and
openide/fs to make sure they show up on the right engineers' lists,
and make them block this issue.
Comment 4 Jesse Glick 2004-09-02 16:11:15 UTC

*** This issue has been marked as a duplicate of 42589 ***