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Ryan BrooksSubject: Editor Text Mode needs Code Brackets and Expand/Collapse Trees
Author: Ryan Brooks
Date: 18 Mar 2005 12:24 PM
Originally Posted: 18 Mar 2005 12:19 PM
I've been using SS for a while now and really like it. Especially when compared to what we had been using (the built-in VS.NET xml tools). I tend to work mostly in Text Mode when I'm creating our documents, since the documents are usually very similar and require a lot of cut and paste from other documents. I like a previous suggestion I read on the board about putting brackets in the gutter to show "how far in" you are into the document's tags. But that's not enough for me. :) I also want/need the [+]/[-] collapsing and expanding clickys next to tags that have child tags. It's so much easier to edit in Text Mode than in Tree Mode, so I want to be able to do it from there. It should also synchronize with the tree mode so that I can move back and forth between them seamlessly if I wanted to. Speaking of editing in tree mode. Instead of click, wait, click (like when you're editing filenames in windows explorer)... what about having a simple double-click enable editing? Also, I think it would be nice to have SS remember which trees were open and closed as part of the project file (this would probably neccessitate a largish ammount of metadata in the project file). But it would help our situation out tremendously. We tend to work on some large documents for long periods of times, so if we get a high-level tag and all it's subfields into a "final" state, we would like to close that tag and have it stay closed from session to session. :) Ryan

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Alberto MassariSubject: Editor Text Mode needs Code Brackets and Expand/Collapse Trees
Author: Alberto Massari
Date: 21 Mar 2005 11:37 AM
Hi Ryan,

>I like a previous suggestion I read on the
>board about putting brackets in the gutter to show "how far
>in" you are into the document's tags.
>But that's not enough for me. :) I also want/need the
>[+]/[-] collapsing and expanding clickys next to
>tags that have child tags.

This is a feature that we are already considering for a future version.
Thanks for your vote for it ;-)

>It should also synchronize with the tree
>mode so that I can move back and forth
>between them seamlessly if I wanted to.

What do you mean? That if you come from the tree view we should try
to collapse the nodes that were collapsed in the tree view?
An issue with this is that the text view can have just one [+] button
per line, regardless of how many nodes that line contains, while the
tree view has a finer grain.

>Speaking of editing in tree mode. Instead of click, wait,
>click (like when you're editing filenames
>in windows explorer)... what about having
>a simple double-click enable editing?

Unfortunately the double click on a tree node is usually associated with
the expansion/collapse of the node, so triggering a rename operation
would go against other people's expectations... Have you tried the other
way of starting the rename (pressing F2)?

>Also, I think it would be nice to have SS remember which
>trees were open and closed as part of the
>project file (this would probably
>neccessitate a largish ammount of metadata in the project
>file). But it would help our situation out tremendously.

Thank you for the suggestion; we will add it to our databases
of requested enhancements.

Alberto

 
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