One of the new Giggle features I am most proud of is the new patch view, which only shows one chunk at a time and let's you navigate between chunks using the file list, toolbar buttons or hotkeys (Alt+Up, Alt+Down). At the same time it also is the most criticised feature of the new Giggle. So I wonder how to improve that view.
I've introduced that feature because seeing the entire patch at a time distracts me easily. When reviewing patches I want to focus on one change at a time. Clearly not an option (in my opinion) is to introduce a switch to just show the full patch. I'd break that mode far too often cause I'd never use it. That opinion is based on Havoc Pennington's excellent article about "Free software UI". Don't miss the chapter "The Question of Preferences".
So I want to know:
- Why is seeing the entire patch important for you?
- How much information do you need from a patch at a time?
- Which ideas do you have for improving the patch view?
Keeping my own ideas for myself right now, as I am playing the "Ask the Audience" lifeline.