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[TSVN] What overlays do we NEED was: RE: [TSVN] Locked overlay

From: Steven H _at_ orcon <_at_>
Date: 2005-04-14 01:32:04 CEST

>> Andrew Vaughan wrote:
>> how about
>> Show an overlay:
>> no overlay -> svn:needs-lock prop not set
>> lock icon red variant -> svn:needs-lock prop set; lock not held
>> lock overlay green variant -> wc holds lock. (svn:needs-lock
>> irrelevent)

Simon Large wrote:
> That's quite a good idea, although there may be problems for people with
> red/green colour blindness, and it requires 2 overlays.

Do we really need all the overlays we have?

There was debate a few months ago about what overlays to keep and can do
away with - mabye it is time to revisit that debate?

From the pov of trimming the four overlays we are using to two

Deleted: I donít know about others but when I Delete a file I expect the
file to be gone, and that happens. But when I delete a folder the contents
of that folder disappear but the folder itself stays with a Deleted overlay
- do we really need this overlay?

Yes it tells you that 'this folder got deleted - commit it' - but (just for
the sake of debate) you can get the same effect by using an icon which looks
like a folder & deleted overlay. Of course I donít know if windows by
default will preview a icon it does on mine.

Adittionally a user can obtain the same information by removing the deleted
folder, marking the deleted folders parent folder overlay as 'modified' - it
tells you that something inside that folder changed and needs to be

Normal: all this overlay tells you is that 'im in svn'. If the object (file
/ folder) changes it gets the modified overlay, if its conflicted it gets
the conflicted overlay - do we _really_ need an overlay to tell a user that
an object is 'in svn'?

Mabye if we have some constructive debate about what icons we acually _need_
we can incorporate a locked (IHoldTheLock) / unlocked (svn:needslock &
IDontHoldTheLock) overlay.

Hmmm now that I think about it more - is there any particular reason why NOT
to make the overlay slots we use User Configerable?

If a user doenst care about the deleted slot (like me) they can remove it,
if they donít care about the unlocked slot it can be removed as well. If
they want all the overlays possible (and are prepared to deal with possible
problems) they can select them all.

Iam not sudgesting that this be coded now but mabye as a feature for the
next version - shall I make a feature request (do I need a login) ?


Steven Higgan - 3rd Year B.I.T. Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin New Zealand
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