Features/Replace combo box in journal search
- Name: Walter Bender
- Email: <walter at sugarlabs dot org>
- Targeted release: 1.02
- Last updated: 2014-02-17
- Percentage of completion: 95% (patch written, awaiting further design review)
When lots of activities are installed, the "what" combo box on the Journal toolbar becomes unwieldy. This feature would replace the combo box with a palette (as shown in the figure). (In addition, the current implementation of the combo box sorts the activities by bundle_id, not very useful. The new code would sort by Activity name.)
From the palette, you see more choices w/o needed to scroll. Plus the palette is much easier to use with touch.
A palette is also used for the "when" filter for consistency.
Benefit to Sugar
This feature will help us scale to more activities.
The intervention is limited to:
- sugar-artwork/icons/scalable/actions/view-type.svg, a new icon for the what filter, and
- gtk-toolbar-style = GTK_TOOLBAR_BOTH_HORIZ in gtk3/theme/settings
How To Test
The user will see a palette displayed instead of a combo box. In the example illustrated, it means that rather searching through an un-alphabetized list in a combo box 10x the screen height, the user scans 2.5 screens of items in alphabetical order.
No new dependencies
There is no adverse impact if this feature does not land.