[ros-dev] Network connection config dialog prototype

Swiss Cheeseman swisscm at iinet.net.au
Thu Mar 31 10:56:37 CEST 2005

Jasper van de Gronde wrote:

> Andrew "Silver Blade" Greenwood wrote:
>> ...
>> Can you come up with a design?
> I don't know about others, but one thing that has always bothered me 
> enormously is that it's hard to get an overview. Perhaps it would be 
> possible to list all connections at once in a tree view for example, 
> instead of forcing the user to open and close dialogs all the time. It 
> might even work to put some of the options in this tree view.
> Or perhaps it would be better (as in more attainable) to just open 
> property sheets next to tree view instead of forcing the user to 
> navigate through multiple windows (first selecting the connection in 
> "Network Connections" and requesting its properties, then selecting 
> the desired item, click on properties, and then possibly even a click 
> on advanced).
> To illustrate my thoughts I've created a mock-up that shows a lay-out 
> that would at least be an improvement over the XP layout for me:
> http://home.hccnet.nl/th.v.d.gronde/networkconnection.png
> For the mock-up source (Glade+Python, if anyone is interested in 
> expanding on this idea):
> http://home.hccnet.nl/th.v.d.gronde/networkconnection.zip
> You'll have to imagine the details like icons and so on, but it shows 
> the general idea of putting all the connections in one tree view, 
> which makes it easy to quickly navigate to the desired property page, 
> to switch between property pages (of different connections) to compare 
> settings and last but not least it avoids screen clutter! (try 
> navigating to the list of IP addresses under Windows, you'll have four 
> windows open!!!)
> There would definitely be some details to fill-in. Like what to do 
> when navigating to a different property page when the current one has 
> been modified but not yet applied? But these issues should be possible 
> to resolve, either by looking at what other people do or (when lacking 
> satisfactory examples) by devising new solutions.
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As a network admin, I love that design. In general, I also love it. 
Having a tree view instead of tabs would be wonderful for most parts of 
the reactos UI.

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