[Qgis-developer] Do we need a single select map tool?

Zoltan Szecsei zoltans at geograph.co.za
Tue Jul 1 23:57:12 PDT 2014

+1 for leaving both visible options, but defaulting to rectangle.
If the underlying code is different, then even at the expense of the 
extra code required to compute that you have a null-sized rectangle (ie 
a point click), you might want to use the same code.

But, especially for a newbie, it will not be intuitive that by clicking 
without dragging, the rectangle select will do a point-click select.

I feel the developers must always put the user before the code 
This because the programmer makes a once-off (big) effort, but there may 
be "millions" of users that suffer if the coder simplifies the coding 
effort at the expense of user intuitive experience.

My 2c,

On 2014/07/01 15:03, Nathan Woodrow wrote:
> My main goal at the moment is to reduce some of the clutter and 
> duplicate, or shared behavior, tools that we have.  So setting it as a 
> default wouldn't really solve that issue.  I would only remove it from 
> the UI, it will still be in the code for the API.
> - Nathan
> On Tue, Jul 1, 2014 at 10:59 PM, Mathieu Pellerin 
> <nirvn.asia at gmail.com <mailto:nirvn.asia at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     So maybe we could change the default selection tool to rectangle?
>     One of the first thing I personally always do when using a fresh
>     qgis (with default settings) is to change selection tool to
>     rectangle for the reason Nathan raised this thread.
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