[Qgis-developer] Minor Irritations

Andreas Neumann a.neumann at carto.net
Tue Nov 2 08:08:52 EDT 2010


sounds good for me. Being also a Linux user I welcome the decision not to
use the Alt-key. Also, it is good if all platforms behave more or less the


On Tue, November 2, 2010 12:26 pm, Jeremy Palmer wrote:
> At the moment you need to hold the alt key. To do it the other way would
> take more work and might be trouble just waiting to happen.
> Ok how about this as a proposal for the select tools:
> Shift: switch to contains select (default is intersects, this will not be
> user configurable)
> Ctrl: Symmetric difference of the current and new selected features. i.e.
> if already selected then remove, if not already selected then add.
> Also add the tool tips - very good suggestion thank you.
> Under this proposal we don't need to use the alt key and all platforms are
> the same. The only downside is that some users might get a surprise with
> the usage of the symmetric difference functionality - I guess it just
> depends on what other software they have been using.
> Can we please get a vote on this!?
> Cheers,
> Jeremy
> ________________________________________
> From: Alex Mandel [tech_dev at wildintellect.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, 2 November 2010 11:37 a.m.
> To: qgis-developer at lists.osgeo.org
> Subject: Re: [Qgis-developer] Minor Irritations
> On 11/01/2010 03:02 PM, Borys Jurgiel wrote:
>> Dnia poniedzia³ek 01 listopada 2010 o 22:19:54 Jeremy Palmer napisa³(a):
>>> Within the ticket I have added a new patch that allows the user to set
>>> the
>>> default selection method. For KDE or Gnome this at least allows users
>>> to
>>> set the main way they want to select features. Not perfect but at least
>>> functional. Maybe someone else has another idea?
>> Milena always has another idea ;) and proposes choosing between two
>> modes:
>> Mode 1 (Win):
>> - alt for switching intersects/contains
>> - ctrl for adding features
>> - shift for substracting features
>> Mode 2 (Gnome/KDE):
>> - shift for switching intersects/contains
>> - ctrl for swapping the selection
> I dislike having a different default, but do like the user being able to
> configure their preference. Differing defaults makes writing tutorials,
> teaching others and switching machines quite confusing.
> In quick consultation with some other users. Either Ctrl or Shift as the
> main Add/Subtract toggle is good (In my mind Ctrl if more obvious a
> choice based on other programs, though some like shift because it's
> bigger[usually])
> Would Alt switch from the default of Intersect to Contains only for the
> duration of the holding of Alt or does it stick until pressed again?
> Either way seems ok, just wanted to clarify.
> Also, if it's possible to show the keyboard shortcut in the Tooltip that
> might also help users figure it out.
> Thanks,
> Alex
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