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[protege-discussion] Some suggestions on the Protege editor

Toms toms.baugis at
Fri Oct 16 04:35:27 PDT 2009

Hi all!

First i'm wondering why are you so restrictive in bugzilla - having to
subscribe to a mailing list and then put the suggestions under
discussion is more commitment than is really needed.
Would it be possible to configure the bug tracker so that registered
users could enter new bugs? Or are you afraid that that will result in
tons of bug reports flowing in?
Please consider opening the bug tracker!

I have a few suggestions that could be quite easy to implement and
make the ontology edition process much faster:

1) The keyboard short-cut scheme for editing ontology could be
simplified. Like to insert new child node, Insert button could be
used, to insert new sibling node - Enter keyboard button could be
used. Delete button to delete a node is a pretty standard thing.
Shift+Del could remove all instances and Del just the specific one.
Good examples on efficient keyboard shortcuts can be found in
Freemind[1] - the mind mapping application.

2) The modal dialog that appears when selecting "Open.." from menu is
not necessary. Decision of either your application has multiple
document interface or single document interface should be made by the
developers and enforced. For some info on that see Gnome HIG[2]
(referencing the gnome hig, just because it is free and easy to read).
Right now the user is forced to make a decision whose impact is almost
none. Also, modal dialogs tend to condition the user, especially if
they are using the passive Yes/No/Cancel trio and that leads to
dialogs being ignored. For more of that, please see [3]

3) Edit -> Create new... triggers display of a modal dialog with
single input box. Nowadays it is pretty common to perform such
operations in-line, as it allows the user to stay in context of the
previously selected node.

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