I started with that approach, but then changed to only show the actual focused row stack. I had in my mind that you would get a little more information about your navigation path that way, but really I could go either way on it.
Maybe the biggest problem is I don’t have a good name for that menu right now. I guess above I call it “actions”, but that’s not really right. I don’t intend it to have action/command like Bold or Indent, etc. Instead I think it will be a place where you can easily toggle various features in the outline editor.
Maybe I should call it “Status Menu”? Any other ideas welcome.
Question: Can I put link button tooltip URL in status bar?
Right now when you mouse over a link button it shows a tooltip with the URL. This is nice when you want it, but creates a bit of noise when you don’t. What if I put this in the status bar instead? Seem reasonable?
It does feel a little like some of these things could just as easily be done using the regular menu items combined with keyboard shortcuts. Making things quicker to get to via mouse doesn’t totally feel “Bike” to me. I could be wrong.
That said, the always-on (but hide-able) nature of the status bar feels useful for some visual cues. Things like:
where I am in a doc
words/characters/etc (like you have it)
maybe that link idea you mentioned (“pop-ups” in the status bar rather than popping up on top of the document)
…those make sense.
And it feels super-useful to be able to customize what is shown, and hide the whole thing easily (like you have it).
If it’s a place for shortcuts, I don’t know. I think I’d rather just have a keyboard shortcut for toggling things like typewriter mode.
I somewhat agree, but I think in sum adding the status bar is making sense. In the end for each individual use (word count for example) you could find an alternative non-status bar solution. But added together the status bar is providing a simple strait forward place for these things.
I split the original menu into two and also moved word count to the right. The new “options” and “navigation” items are pretty minimal in function, but better at indicating status. They now highlight in dark color if something in non-default.
Also over time I expect to add a few more options. And navigation popup will probably also list top level headings once I add a heading type.