[Bf-funboard] numerical input handling proposed change

Bastien Montagne montagne29 at wanadoo.fr
Thu Jan 9 19:02:38 CET 2014

Imho, an 'evaluate current expression' key would be much more powerful 
and overall, less disruptive. E.g. 'ctrl-Enter' would evaluate current 
text, but without leaving edit mode.

Would have to look at the code, but I hope such change would be easy to 
implement, and it would not change any other behavior of numbuttons.


On 09/01/2014 18:38, W. Nelson wrote:
> I would like to propose a fundamental change to how numerical input is handled to make setting experimentation easier.
> Keeping in mind that the number pad is also used for hot keys, I propose that numerical input in a field would keep the number highlighted for further change after pressing enter rather than releasing the selection.
> To allow for releasing the selection to make the number pad available for hot key usage, I recommend  a double <enter> pressed test can be done or as usual a <tab> or clicking out of the element will work.
> I find myself constantly reselecting or deleting numbers to experiment with settings.  With a workflow need for speed and efficiency, the current method is counter productive.  It slows down the workflow, decreases efficiency, is prone to errors and makes this simple task very tedious.
> I use other programs that have this keep selected method and it is a proven good method.  I am sure a majority of Blender users new and old would benefit from this change in numerical input behavior.
> There may be some effect on users habit of having the number pad immediately available after entering in a number.  But IMHO that is minimal compared to the benefit of the proposed new behavior.
> Respectfully submitted for consideration and all feedback welcome.
> JTa
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