I think the editor toolbar changes in 1.0.207 work against esthetics and usability. Here’s a quick re-layout with an explanation.
Title at the top, no distractions. It’s important to keep a page’s title obvious, and the most common place to put a title is at the very top of a page.
Note Actions. This solves a long-standing issue: where the tags go. By keeping them to the right of other note-related buttons, there’s plenty of space without them being on a separate line. Note also the Tag button is last, right next to the tags.
Note Formatting. Also a traditional layout, keep the text formatting near the text.
This looks good to me, and all your rationales make sense. Looking at this, I can’t see any reason why anything would move around as you move between notes, which is good.
- If Joplin is keeping the “In:” label for notebooks, where would that go? Perhaps rhs of tag list? Or rhs of title box?
- If the tag list is longer than the space available, what should it do? Scroll arrows appear at rhs of tag list?
- I’d keep the “In: notebook” panel in the same place, for now. But it deserves attention because it behaves differently on the desktop than in the phone app.
- An arrow would be nice, but right now Joplin doesn’t have an adaptive design anyway. In a future release, I’d like to be able to add/remove tags directly in the tag area.
Thanks for your thoughts.
Thanks it indeed looks better than the current layout so I think I’ll implement that.
It would still be kind of temporary and I hope the whole thing can be improved later on if/when the UI is redesigned.
Thanks! I figured it’d be temporary, but I also thought it’d be a reasonably easy change in either the page or CSS.
I’ll contribute other usability ideas and hopefully some pull requests when I can make the time. Thanks for your effort on this valuable tool.
WRT the “In: notebook” label, a problem with the current arrangement is that it causes the toolbar to move horizontally. See the issue https://github.com/laurent22/joplin/issues/3178.
(that issue has been closed, but I’m not sure if it should have been)
I agree. It’s not ideal, but better, and Laurent hopes for a fuller UI revision down the road.