Landscape mode pulley/long press menu ui inconsistency

asked 2015-09-10 18:47:00 +0300

Mohjive gravatar image

In, when in landscape mode the pulley menu doesn't fill the entire width of the screen, while the long press menu does.

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I believe that is done on purpose to make tablet landscape pulley menus look nicer. On the other hand, SailfishOS 1.0 had the full-screen-wide pulleys, which I found to be waste of space.

I just had a good look at this using Messages app, and I do see the inconsistency between them. However, the half-screen-wide pulley indicator makes it more clear for newcomers to realize that there is a menu in the first place. Pulley menu is "always there", but long-press menu creates the menu "in the middle of stuff" so it requires more attention.

Also there is the thing that you have to click the long press menu (full width justified) whereas using pulley menus you select by releasing, so only visual indicator needed.

My opinion is that comparing pulley menus and long press menus is like comparing apples to pears. It can be done, but they are different. I actually very much prefer the new style, and could tolerate the inconsistent feeling it just started to give me (thanks, @Mohjive :D).

Any official word on this?

Direc ( 2015-09-12 13:58:36 +0300 )edit

@Direc: the long press menu can also be used with select on release. Try activating a long press menu and then alide down to the entry you want and release. It works in a similar way as the pulley.

The other way around is also true. You can flick the pulley all the way down and it stays open. Then you can select the entry by tapping it.

And the visual cue of a menu in landscape mode is lost in normal portrait mode as the pulley indicator fills the whole width, so that argument isn't valid imo.

Mohjive ( 2015-09-12 14:03:42 +0300 )edit

@Mohjive Oh well now, you out-argumented me completely! Dang! Keep that attitude going!

That's true; both menus can be used both ways. Also in portrait mode the visual cue is "lost" - so there at least is an indisputable inconsistency.

And I just checked this: If you pull the pulley menu all the way so that it stays open, you can not click the side areas. So; the visual style is consistent in terms of where the clicks work, but the styles between elements is not. I guess I'm now in favour of the narrow version of the pulley menu and the long press menu, because that would be consistent, and also differ landscape and portrait mode visuals in a good way. Should they be precisely the same width, it would also make developers' lives a bit easier :)

Direc ( 2015-09-12 14:20:20 +0300 )edit

Please do something with this. It's really awful...

Tomáš Moravec ( 2015-09-29 21:11:30 +0300 )edit