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Re: Open Folder Dialog doesn't appear all the time

From: Roman Käppeler <rkaeppeler_at_web.de>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2009 17:45:06 +0200

> >> And that is a good think IMHO. You can still switch to another
> >> repository from that dialog as well, even those accessed via file:.
> >>
> >
> > How can you do that? I can't see a possibility to select a new
> > folder in that window.
> Enter "file:///" in the textbox, then click on the button.
> But yeah, there really should be a way to launch both the repo browser
> as well as a directory picker from this dialog.

If you asked me, I wouldn't need the "Repository Browser". The user
guidance is too confusing, in my opinion.

There are serveral ways to improve the "Checkout" dialog box.
I think a "..."-Button always should do the same in every application
and therefore it should display the "Open Folder" dialog box. The
behaviour of a "..."-Button is pretty much the same in everywhere
Windows/Linux application.

A quick shot to improve this window might be a second drop-down menu
(ComboBox) on the left hand side of the "URL of
repository"-DropDown-Menu. It should show all of the protocols a user
can use (e.g. "http:///", "svn:", "file:///", ...) plus there should be
a Button with a "Delete"-Icon to delete the rest of the content (e.g.
the "D:/my%20%content/").

Therefore if a user has already selected "file:///" in a previous
checkout and opens the checkout dialog box again to select a different
"URL of repository" the first drop-down menu already displays "file:///"
and the content of the second drop-down menu can easily be deleted by
clicking on the "Delte"-Icon.

This is just one click to delete the content of the "URL of repository"
and a second click on the "..."-Button to show the "Open Folder" dialog
box. I think that could be easily realized.

If you do not delete the content in "URL of repository", the "Repository
Browser" is still opened by clicking the "..."-Button.

> That's usually done with one of those buttons that have a
> dropdown-arrow on them and pop up a dropdown menu when the
> arrow is clicked - that way you can still keep the current
> behaviour when the "..." portion is clicked, but allow the user
> choosing what to do (even without having to enter anything into the
> textbox) when neccessary.

In my opinion users should not be forced to type in anything. The
current GUI actually forces users to type in at least "file:///" to
change the location of a repository, otherwise you end up in the repo
browser and you are lost. No one really understands how to configure the
elements on that dialog box to finally get the "Open Folder" dialog.

TortoiseSVN also saves the location of the last repository (which is
really good), but to change a location have to type in "file:///", for

Do you think the current behaviour could be changed in one of the next
releases of TortoiseSVN?


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Received on 2009-04-24 17:45:50 CEST

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