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Always visible perspective UI control? [message #1861628] Tue, 24 October 2023 03:44
John Muir is currently offline John MuirFriend
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I'm designing an RCP app that will use perspectives as a first-class UI concept, and because of this, I'm wishing to provide the user with a visual affordance to make it clear that they can select a perspective and to make it easy to do so. I'm wondering, is there a way to allow the user to select a perspective via an always-visible UI control?

I'm aware of the Window > Perspective > Open Perspective > [Perspective] menu item, but that's buried four levels deep in a menu bar menu.

I'm also aware of the perspective bar that resides in the tool bar, and that you can enable the display of text labels for each perspective bar button, but the user can choose to hide the tool bar, so there's no guarantee that it will be visible.

What comes to mind is a control that represents the perspectives as tabs, and when the user clicks on a tab, that selects the perspective represented by that tab. And if the user creates their own custom perspective, it would similarly show up as a tab.

Or, if not tabs, another idea is an always-present drop-down menu, and when the user selects an item, that selects the perspective represented by the selected drop-down menu item.

Thank you!
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