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UI: Proposal for Simplified Editor Menu
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Authored by Harley Acheson (harley) on Jun 26 2019, 2:40 AM.
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Not sure if anyone would be interested in this.

I just find that the current Editor Menu is a bit more visually confusing than it has to be. I find the title to be unnecessary, and it has a line going a quarter-way across the widow. Categories are shown but they don't seem obvious enough what they are, and the close proximity to the list makes them seem horizontally misaligned. Possibly all just personal preference, but I thought I'd let mine known.

Following shows the changes. Top is how it is now with title, short rule, and Categories close to the list. Bottom is how it looks after this patch:

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Brecht Van Lommel (brecht) requested changes to this revision.Jun 26 2019, 3:05 AM

There has been discussion about removing the property name from these types of dialogs. That may be ok if we agree on it.

Doing it by removing the name of properties is not ok, all properties must have valid names.

This revision now requires changes to proceed.Jun 26 2019, 3:05 AM

This revision takes away the need to alter the property in rna_screen.c

Instead if the list contains categories then show them with rules below them and don't show the title. A bit simpler this way.

@Brecht Van Lommel (brecht) : Doing it by removing the name of properties is not ok, all properties must have valid names

Yes, I realized that was dumb when I found another multi-column list (Languages).
And then took that out before I noticed you mention it. LOL

Had to make changes to support lists with categories where the items in a section overflow to the next column

For example, the top of the following image shows the "Languages" list as it is currently. The "Starting" section is so long that it overflows and shows "Polish" on the same row as the category titles.

The bottom of the image above shows how is looks after this patch is applied. No title, and the overflowing category still looks nice.

This is definitely an improvement for cases where we have overflowing columns, as the last image shows.

If the technical side is ok, I think we should make this change.