[Bf-funboard] Re: Expanding the menus

Mark Luffel bf-funboard@blender.org
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