Just saw a screen shot of IE 6.0 and they have this really smooth option in their context menus for images to send the picture via e-mail. I think it's similar to our send page option, but just for images. I don't think it'd be hard to implement (although I don't know that part of the code) but a nice feature for MoJo.
easy thing, but what do UI people say?
Assignee: asa → hangas
Component: Browser-General → User Interface: Design Feedback
QA Contact: doronr → mpt
They cackle in disbelief. (1) image > `View Only this Image' (2) `File' > `Send Page ...' That's pretty easy. (1) `File' > `New' > `Message' (2) drag image to composition window That's pretty easy, too.
IE6's popup menu is huge. Even on a large desktop (like, say, 1600x1200 like mine) it is impossible to guess exactly where the popup menu will appear, because it is so big. The whole point of a popup menu is that we should be able to get to frequently used options quickly. If you have to wait for the menu to pop up, let your brain work out where the option you want has appeared, then click on it, rather than using muscle memory, then the whole point is lost. The better option would be to let images get focus, then use the main menus. e.g., click on the image, then go to "Object|Send Image...". WONTFIX?
Note that Internet Explorer 5.0 doesn't have a `View Only This Image' item in its context menu, with the result that when my customers at the cafe want to forward a picture they received in their Hotmail to someone else (as they frequently want to), they need to go through the rigmarole of using `Save Image ...' to save the image to the desktop, composing a new message, attaching the file from the desktop, deleting the message, and finally deleting the file (or leaving it for me to clean up). Microsoft probably saw this problem too, and thought `ok, let's add a "Send Image by E-mail" option to the context menu!', not realizing that adding a `View Only this Image' item instead would solve quite a few other problems at the same time.
I see both sides of the coin. Ian, you are right that context menus are getting much too large these days. Havn't a "View Image" instead to solve other problems is good too. But how about a context menu for images [and maybe in the future other things] like "Actions" that has sub menus that can be attached. You can have view image only, send via e-mail (send via a particular e-mail account), perhpas you could stick save as in there and even print to make context menus even smaller. Wow, you could even put things like Print in there or Copy and Copy Image Location. now to think about it, there are a lot of things you can do with images on the context menu. It'd be nice to organize them better. Comments?
mpt will say no, because menus are supposed to be quick access and submenus are measurably slower (apparently). mpt would have you click on the image to give it focus, and then have you use the main menus to do whatever you want. timeless will say yes, and show you his prototype with much pride. mpt is a UI weenie. I defer to his opinion...
I'd like to know how to add stuff to the context menus myself. Is there a sample or patch in a bug that does this? Not saying that I'll fix this, just perhpas include something in a "Power Tweaks" bundle.
Chaning the qa contact on these bugs to me. MPT will be moving to the owner of this component shortly. I would like to thank him for all his hard work as he moves roles in mozilla.org...Yada, Yada, Yada...
QA Contact: mpt → zach
updating to new owner. sorry for the spam.
Assignee: hangas → mpt
Assignee: mpt → blaker
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 17 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
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