An alternative suggestion...
Posted Nov 6, 2008 13:42 UTC (Thu) by epa
In reply to: An alternative suggestion...
Parent article: Directions for GNOME 3.0
Dragging is the WORST concept ever. I work at a help desk. Do you know how often users lose files by dropping them somewhere accidentally?
Hmm, I imagined (based partly on my own experience) that dragging to save a file would reduce the occurrence of lost files. First you must explicitly navigate to where you want to save the file - no more mysterious default locations; if you don't know how to locate a directory then you cannot save a file there. Secondly, once you've dragged the file into the window then it is still open and you can see your file there.
Of these help desk requests, how do you know that they are caused by drag-and-drop saving rather than other causes, such as the unintuitive behaviour of filepickers? In my experience helping technically naive users, the filepicker interface with its arbitrary choice of directories and unclear navigation is responsible for many more lost files than explicit dragging between one directory window and another. 'Uh, I don't know what directory - I just pressed Save... and now I come back to the same program and I don't see it in the list.'
(Part of the problem is that by default in Windows Explorer dragging a file within the same drive moves it rather than copying it. IMHO copying, being the safer operation, should be the default.)
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