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Re: Suggestion for "select all" functionality in Commit dialog

From: void pointer <rcdailey_at_gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 14 May 2009 08:22:43 -0500

On Thu, May 14, 2009 at 2:43 AM, Jean-Marc van Leerdam <
j.m.van.leerdam_at_gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Hans,
>
> 2009/5/14 Hans-Emil Skogh <Hans-Emil.Skogh_at_tritech.se>:
> >> I would like to propose a new feature that uses the GMail way of
> selecting
> >> files.
> > ...
> >> Of course, you might not have *so many*, but I'm listing so many to show
> >> the various different "select all" filters you can use by using simple
> >> link controls (These would not be buttons).
> >
> > How would you see what filter that is active? I can see how it would work
> > either with checkboxes, or with buttons that stay depressed when they are
> in
> > effect, but how would that be indicated using a "simple" link control?
> >
>
> Like in GMail, I would expect that you don't see that: the filter is
> used to preset the checkboxes and then allows the user to modify them
> individually. I would expect no automatic checking/unchecking of new
> files in the list after pressing F5.

Not sure what you mean when you mention F5 here.

In any case, it isn't relevant to know what filter is depressed. Think of
the filter links as "macros". They simply automate what would otherwise be
you manually going through the list and checking and unchecking boxes to
make sure that, for example, only added files are checked (If there was an
"Added" filter link).

I can't really think of a practical case where I would depend on the filters
themselves to tell me what the selection pattern is. When I open a commit
dialog, in my mind I already know what I'm going to be committing. For
example, I know I made a simple bug fix so I only want to check in modified
files, not added or deleted ones. So I would click the "Modified" filter
link. If I saw a few modified files in there that I also wanted to omit, I
would then go into the list manually and uncheck/inspect each modified file
to make sure I want to commit it.

It's a relatively simple process....

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