Dash - "See more results" is incorrectly placed

Reported by strav on 2012-11-25
This bug affects 6 people
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Ayatana Design

Bug Description

When using the keyboard to search in the dash, it's only natural to use the
arrows to navigate through the results. If the search does it's job
correctly (namely: it displays in the first results what I'm actually
looking for) we will however always have one extra keystroke to press
because of the "see more result" section. My point is that the order by
which the "see more result" section appears is incorrect. Again, if the
search does it's job correctly, the first things I should get when pressing
the down arrow are the first search results.

Please refer to the following discussion on unity design mailing list:


One behaviour on which the members of this discussion mostly agreed on would be:

1. Make TAB the only key that selects between CATEGORIES e.g. Recent
Apps, Recent Files, Downloads, etc.
2. Make ARROW KEYS the only keys that can navigate among or between
ICONS and icon rows.

This has a couple of benefits.

1. Suppose you type a partial name in Dash and want to see more
results. You just hit TAB, then Enter (which is exactly the current
behavior) and then more results would appear. No change to the code is
2. Similarly, typing a partial name and then hitting down-arrow
immediately allows you to navigate among the possible app or file or
whatever choices you want. You would skip the "Recent Apps see more
result" line. This saves a key-stroke i.e. you hit down-arrow once
instead of twice.

Finally, I would still move "see more results" BELOW the first line of
icons in each Category.

Of course, this is still open for discussion.

Changed in ayatana-design:
status: New → Incomplete
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
Mathieu Comandon (strycore) wrote :

I totally agree with the proposed implementation, the current one is pretty much the only thing that annoys me in Unity.
What's even worse is that sections are still selected first even if the search results are narrow enough not to show a "see more results" link, I don't see any purpose in that.

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