[Bf-funboard] Re: Expanding the menus
Wed, 6 Aug 2003 19:34:31 -0400
Making the menus context sensitive would be a big improvement. I like
the idea of a mutating space-bar menu better than all the functionality
in the top menu bar. That is, whatever hotkeys are active in a certain
area appear in the space menu.
How are you implementing the top menu-bar? Many commands require an
active screen area to work on - for example, the view menu items
require you to click on a viewport once you have selected the menu
item. This is (in HCI jargon) a verb-noun action*, which is a flaw, in
part because in creates an invisible mode. Some actions belong in the
top menu bar, file saving and that stuff, basically the things that act
upon the entire application or document. Other menus ought to be
connected to the screen areas they work upon.
verb-noun = first specify what do be done, then specify what to do it
noun-verb = select object, select action