Better Nautilus Spatial (Clarification)

Yuan Qi gmanenews.3.maxchee at
Sun Apr 17 18:42:57 CDT 2005

I posted this suggestion because I thought people on the ubuntu-devel 
list might have a better idea about the end user's needs.

Also, I would like to make a clarification about my suggestion: auto 
minimization is just another state of the folder (ie. a folder that put 
itself away automatically). It more or less represents the importance of 
that particular folder to the end user.

Lastly, to make this feature appear more intuitive to the end user, an 
animation showing the parent folder minimizing to the tasking along with 
the child folder opening up could be used. This will tell the end user 
where did their folder go.

ubuntulist.3.maxchee at wrote:
> Bugzilla Entry:
> Nautilus spatial is a very user friendly way to navigate files, however, it
> creates window clutter for users who use deep folder trees. I think a
> discussion
> needs to be made on how to improve the spatial mode, especially when we
> start
> considering all the controversies created by
> Here is my suggestion of a new spatial behaviour:
> A folder will be automatically minimized when the user opens one of its
> subfolders for the first time.
> If the *very next* action performed by the user *on the autominimized
> folder* is
> to bring it up again, then a flag will be set to tell nautilus not to
> autominimize it the next time.
> That folder will not be minimized the next time the user opens a
> subfolder from
> that folder.
> If the *very next* action performed by the user on *that particular parent
> window* this time is to minimize it, then the flag will be deleted and the
> folder will be autominimized the next time.
> This suggestion, however, will not solve the cluttering on the taskbar. 
> So I
> want to make another suggestion to the behaviour of the taskbar that
> goes with
> the above suggestion:
> Only the non-minimized window will have an explicit entry on the 
> taskbar. In
> order to access the minimized parent windows, the user should use the
> path menu,
> which can be brought up by clicking on the path button on the bottom
> left corner
> of the folder window, or by clicking and hold the taskbar entry for more
> than
> one second (similar to how the tool button groups work in Adobe Photoshop).
> ps. My description of the feature might be worded poorly, so please free
> to ask
> me to clarify my wording.

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