[Project_owners] disabling tree rows

Adam Judson adamsplugins at gmail.com
Thu Feb 2 10:46:10 EST 2006

What is the benfit of disabling tree selection?

How will this effect keyboard navigation?

It sounds like you present some options/actions for the selected item
in a tree, why
not just disable these actions.

e.g. you can select this item, but then all of the buttons/menus
become disabled.

Then you could add an arbitrary attribute to the item and test for
that (and perhaps add a different decorator/css style).

Maybe take a step back and describe the GUI behaviour you want
(provide functionality X for some subset of a tree of objects) rather
than your proposed solution (disable some of the elements in the


On 02/02/06, HJ <bugs4hj at netscape.net> wrote:
> Eric H. Jung wrote:
> > Why not hide the unrelated windows--what is wrong with that?
> Well, there are two reasons. The first one is that people get confused
> when we hide windows, and the second is that the selected tree row jumps
> up/down (depending on the z index) when other window are opened/closed.
> > If you must show them and can't disable them, how about breaking the UI
> > into two trees, one for "related windows" and another for "unrelated
> > windows"? You can disable the entire "unrelated windows" tree.
> I think that this approach will also confuse people.  There simply has
> to be a better/working way to get my idea going.
> Thanks,
> /HJ
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