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

Nathan Woodrow madmanwoo at gmail.com
Wed Jul 2 03:02:53 PDT 2014

On Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 5:20 PM, Matthias Kuhn <matthias.kuhn at gmx.ch> wrote:

> Users might be used to the select single feature tool and miss it.

The tools have the same behavior so it will be no change to how the user
does selecting.  Most will not even see the change.

>  While it's possible for somebody to get used to new interaction designs
> it's an effort and it's not where you want to spend your time worrying.

Let me worry about where I spend my time.  I'm a big boy :)

>  Second - and more important - The selection tools are already collapsed
> and an additional button there is only shown on demand and not always.
> Therefore the visual clutter impact is minimal.

It's not visual clutter in the sense of having them all in a row on the
toolbar.  That isn't the issue.  The issue is having two tools which do the
same thing when we can merge into one.  Consider the zoom tool, we don't
have a "zoom on click" and a "zoom to area" tool, we have one tool for both

The select tool in the composer also is dual action in this sense so it
makes sense to have one tool in the canvas that is the same.

> I would rather spend
> the effort on removing / collapsing buttons on the UI which are always
> visible but hardly ever used than tools which may be redundant but are
> only a slight annoyance.

The slight annoyances build up, hence why pruning like this is a good idea.

- Nathan
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