Features/Replace GtkMenu

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Get rid of Gtk.Menu based palettes - use a modal.


  • Name: Sam
  • Email: sam@sl.o

Current status

  • Targeted release: 0.108
  • Last updated: 7/July/2015
  • Percentage of completion: 40%

Detailed Description

Gtk.Menu palettes (namely, clipboard and journal) are hard to maintain and theme. They should be removed.

The only reason they are used now is because they support nesting of menus. However, a modal could be used instead.

Benefit to Sugar

This will make sugar easier to maintain and reduce the amount of visual bugs.


Adding a modal should be a quick process. It would probably only involve:

UI Design

Screenshots are on this pull request description https://github.com/sugarlabs/sugar-toolkit-gtk3/pull/238

Resources (Other Platforms)

Android 4.x
GNOME 3.16.2
Firefox OS

How To Test

  1. Install the patches
  2. Open log
  3. Drag text to clipboard
  4. Right click on the clipboard item
  5. Click open with

User Experience

Users will no longer have the open with sub-menu. This means that they will have to move their mouse more. However, the search bar will make life eaiser for power users as they can jusotsearch and press <enter>.

Users will notice that palettes look more beautiful, as they are not Gtk.Menu based.


Contingency Polan


Bits of documentation in the code, however improving them is still on the TODO list.

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