On Fri, 2010-08-27 at 07:32 +0200, Martin Nordholts wrote:

> >> If I want a colour , I should find it on the colour menu . If I want to
> >> select  layers I should fine the necessary interface elements on the
> >> layer menu.
> >
> > Sounds reasonable. We could duplicate the menu items from the Dockables
> > menu that raise/create those dialogs in the places where they belong. So
> > we would have "Layers dialog" in the "Image/Layers" menu and the like.
> > That's as simple as editing the XML files in the menus sub-directory.
> > Perhaps someone wants to come up with a patch...
> I don't think we should duplicate any menu items. Having things in two 
> places tends to cause unnecessary confusion. A user will have to answer 
> questions like "Why is this menu item in two places? Is it the same menu 
> item? Does it do the same thing? Which one should I use now?" Having 
> just one place to do things avoids such ambiguity and mental friction.

We do that for a few menu items already and I don't think it has ever
caused any problems. Some examples are (and there are many more):
 Edit->Undo History
 View->Navigation Window
 Select->Selection Editor
Actually I think it's just an oversight that the Layers dialog is
missing from the Layers menu. IMO all dialogs should be accessible from
the menus where they belong to functionally. The "Dockables" menu is
just a place to list all the available dialogs. It should be secondary.


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