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Re: [TSVN] editing past comments

From: Molle Bestefich <molle.bestefich_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2005-03-08 21:43:57 CET

Rainer Müller wrote:
> I don't think it is nasty. You can edit log message or author.

The functionality is extremely convenient, it's only the presentation
part I'm worried about.
I'm thinking that I can't be the only one who's too dumb to figure it out.

One might say that if people *really* need it, maybe they'll work hard
and find the way to do it, and that it should per default be well
hidden, because subversion doesn't automatically save changes to these
fields, when an empty hook script is installed..
Dunno.. In my opinion it would be preferable if it was easy and
intuitive how to do this.

> How else would you indicate what you want to edit if not clicking
> on the item you want?

Well, firstly I think that in any Windows-based GUI, anything that can
be done by clicking, double-clicking, shift-dragging etc. should be
accessible through the right-click menu. If you're a newbie and want
to know what features are accessible, right-click. Hotkeys is
something that should come afterwards, sort of a convenience once
you've learned to use a particular feature. I find neither "edit log
message" nor "change author" in the right-click menu.

Secondly, I've poked around in the Windows GUI, looking for good
examples on how to edit multiple fields in a list. It seems that the
way to do it is that if you click on a field after selecting the line
it's in, you get a cursor in the field, indicating that you're in
"edit mode". So IMHO, the prettiest way to implement this would be
putting an editbox right in the log viewer over the affected field
(instead of the popup) whenever a field is clicked on a selected line.

That said, it's obviously not a feature I use a lot. If there really
is people out there who use this a lot, they might prefer the current
method. Using the current method, you don't have to click, wait a sec
or two, then click again. A fancy hotkey combined with clicking in
the right spot _is_ faster.

I feel that the suggested inline editing would from a GUI point of
view be much prettier than the current solution, but then again, just
adding edit author + edit log to the right-click menu would be just as
good a solution (and probably easier to implement).

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