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

Matthias Kuhn matthias.kuhn at gmx.ch
Wed Jul 2 03:23:16 PDT 2014

Hi Nathan

On 02.07.2014 12:02, Nathan Woodrow wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 5:20 PM, Matthias Kuhn <matthias.kuhn at gmx.ch
> <mailto: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.
Users don't only get used to how tools work, but also which tools they
work with. And there's documentation/tutorials out there that build on
the current GUI.

>     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 :)
I was talking about the users time, not yours. If I would worry about
your time I'd have better ideas (like get away from Redmond) ;)

>     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.

I am just not sure if it's a slight annoyance for everybody. I fear that
it's part of the workflow for some (not sure though). And therefore I
have the feeling that the slight annoyance (if at all!) doesn't outweigh
the possible benefits.

That said, this is not a strong opinion. I see the need for polishing
the UI. I just would not start here.
And maybe some UX guys should discuss again if UI changes/icon changes
should be grouped instead of incrementally done. (Nobody will worry for
such a change if introduced with QGIS 3. Or if we say that minor UI
changes will only take place in the autumn release). And the
customization presets discussed (although this particular selection tool
would probably not be affected of these).

- Matthias

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