Ticket #1251 (new defect)
tweaking new feature in file selection drop-down of layer manager
|Reported by:||cmbarton||Owned by:||grass-dev@…|
|Keywords:||map selection||Cc:||martinl, annakrat|
I originally thought this was a weird bug but it seems to be a new feature that needs to be tweaked somewhat. Apparently, a new filtering function has been added to the file selection drop down to make it easier to find files in long lists within a mapset. This is a good thing in general. But the filter is on all the time with no visual indication that it is active, leading a user to think that his/her files have disappeared when editing layer properties.
What happens is this:
When a layer is added, all files are displayed in the drop down list of maps, but typing a few letters of a file name will make the drop down only display files that begin with those letters.
But when editing a layer, the current file name is already in the selection box and the drop down only displays that file. All other files are invisible.
For filtering the display list in this way, it would be better to filter by letters followed by an asterisk rather than just the letters (abc* rather than abc). Then all files would display by default, but a filtered list could be seen using a very standard designation.
Alternatively, typing letters would automatically scroll the list to the first file with those letters (e.g., typing "abc" would automatically scroll the list to "abcfile").
I'm setting this ticket to "enhancement", but many users may initially think it is a bug.