Not obvious how to go back to the software list

Bug #423754 reported by Sebastien Bacher
This bug affects 4 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
software-center (Ubuntu)
Gary Lasker

Bug Description

When clicking on a software in a department list you get the details of that software. I keep looking for a back arrow then to go back to the list.

This can be fixed by implementing Back/Forward navigation in the "Get Software" section. <>

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Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

It might turn out that future features, e.g. cross-references between packages, make a Back button necessary. Otherwise, we'll do user testing to see if people expect it anyway.

Changed in software-store (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt)
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Michael Vogt (mvo) wrote :

What should be done with this bug then? Close as invalid? Won't Fix?

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Rajeev Nair (rajeev) wrote :

I was searching for a back button too.

As of now, we need to click on the button above 'installed software' to go back.

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Rajeev Nair (rajeev) wrote :

Maybe have buttons like in firefox for home , back etc?

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Andrew (and471) wrote :

Marking as incomplete as mpt will need ot do some testing to figure our whether this needs to exist

Changed in software-store (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in software-store (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
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David Prieto (frandavid100-gmail) wrote :

I was navigating the app list today and found the need to go up a level (e.g. from Internet to Get free software) but there was no way to do it through the keyboard.

I would certainly like a keyboard shortcut (backspace, alt+left...) to go back to the parent category.

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Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

The keyboard navigation is a separate problem. I've reported that as bug 435800.

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Michael Martin-Smucker (mmartinsmucker) wrote :

Personally I like breadcrumb trails for navigation, but many users (my parents, for example) are much more comfortable using forward/back(/up, maybe?) buttons for navigation. For the sake of UI consistency with other default apps (Nautilus and Firefox, just to name a couple), it would be nice if navigating with a back button would be an option in the Software Center.

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bassts (bassts) wrote :

it is boring to extinguish and to relight the program every time....

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Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

I've added Back and Forward buttons to the specification.

summary: - not obvious how to go back to the softwares list
+ Not obvious how to go back to the software list
Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
assignee: Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) → nobody
status: Confirmed → Triaged
description: updated
Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Gary Lasker (gary-lasker)
Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → In Progress
Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package software-center - 1.1.16

software-center (1.1.16) lucid; urgency=low

  [ Matthew McGowan ]
  * softwarecenter/view/widget/
    - add new widget for use in back/forward navigation feature

  [ Michael Vogt ]
  * data/
    - merge "System Tools" into "Accessories"
    - rename "System Packages" to "System"
    - add "Fonts" section
    - remove all sub-sections of "System", its one big list again
    - remove "Other" category and move it into "System"
   (as per spec)
  * softwarecenter/db/
    - add prefix "pkg_fuzzy"
  * add .menu term "SCPkgnameWildcard" to support wildcard based
    pkgname searches
  * softwarecenter/view/
    - fix parsing when inline translations are available in the xml
  * softwarecenter/view/
    - fix tests
  * softwarecenter/backend/
    - add query for channels that are not yet enabled
      (via the app-install-data mechanism)
  * softwarecenter/distro/
    - add get_codename
  * fix inconsistency in naming (LP: #530368)
  * show (summary, name) for non-apps (LP: #530422)
  * merged lp:~mpt/software-center/categorization to improve
    categorization (many thanks)
  * merged lp:~mvo/software-center/back-forward-nav

  [ Gary Lasker ]
  * softwarecenter/backend/
    - add to reimplement channels as instances of a new SoftwareChannel
      class, supports fixing the issues below
  * softwarecenter/,
    - enable Canonical partner channel repository view (LP: #530401)
    - fix crash when searching while in "Provided by Ubuntu"
      view (LP: #523781)
    - show all software items in the "Provided by Ubuntu"
      view (LP: #528043)
    - enable maintenance filter in the "Provided by Ubuntu"
      view (LP: #528057)
    - fix navigation button text for the "Provided by Ubuntu"
      view (LP: #530398)
  * softwarecenter/view/,
    - add, implement forward/back history feature for
      the "Get Software" section (using Matthew McGowan's
      BackForwardButton, many thanks!). (LP: #423754)
  * po/
    - add softwarecenter/backend/
  * data/ui/SoftwareCenter.ui:
    - in "View" menu, change "Applications" to "Software" (LP: #530377)
  * softwarecenter/view/
    - hide searchentry field in details view (LP: 528121)
  * softwarecenter/view/,
    - change "Application(s)" to "Item(s)" in the status
      bar text (LP: #530374)
 -- Michael Vogt <email address hidden> Wed, 03 Mar 2010 22:41:20 +0100

Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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