More intelligent selection of widgets

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More intelligent selection of widgets

Postby Olivercomputing » Thu Jul 15, 2010 6:02 pm

One way that the typically extremely frustrating use of GWT Designer could be significant improved would be to have greater intelligence in the way that mouse clicks are handled for widget selection.

A common use case for e.g. SmartGWT are using tabsets with multiple tabs. Then it's certainly possible to, in turn, have tabsets within a given tab hierarchically.

This means that there are guaranteed to be overlapping widgets in the same physical screen space - widgets that will NEVER be displayed simultaneously in a running app.

Mouse selection should be smart enough to recognize the current working context (a given tab) and NOT just randomly pick some widget within ANOTHER tab. It should be necessary to select a different tab in the Structure view in order to change the working context. Moreover, ONLY widgets (including their border-outlines) in the same tab should be visible at any given time.

This would hugely improve the user experience.
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Re: More intelligent selection of widgets

Postby Eric Clayberg » Sun Jul 18, 2010 10:00 am

Olivercomputing wrote:typically extremely frustrating

I think that comment is out of line and highly inaccurate.

Olivercomputing wrote:ONLY widgets (including their border-outlines) in the same tab should be visible at any given time.

Try the latest build.

We have spent months working on support for SmartGWT while working around various bugs, limitations and other non-standard behavior. If it is a bit rough around the edges, SORRY.

If you have a problem in the future, simply report it and leave the sweeping generalizations to yourself.
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