Whenever I use Windows or OSX, I occasionally have to open a file with the non-default application. Then I’m immediately reminded of how user-friendly the “Open with …” nested context menu used to be in Gnome. Every few months, this accumulates enough irritation for me to google around for a fix.
I consistently come across comments, blog posts and threads such as
(this is just the latest example and already closed)
So here’s a real world data point from a user, in direct feeback form: the new “Open with” menu is user-hostile, the old one was perfect.
Abolish the “no nested menus” guideline in the HIG. Encouraging nested menus should be the new standard.
Is a random highly opinionated discourse post going to change the fundamental direction of the HIG?
Maybe. I can’t know unless I try.
The reason for this assumption is anecdotal: out of the few people I asked about the “Open with” dialog, 100% prefer the old way (still the standard on Windows and OSX) compared to the mental context switch and clumsiness caused by the new window popup.
Maybe enough people inside Gnome feel the same way, and real improvement can be made.