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Interface gripe:  Import equations

Question asked by Zach Martin on Jun 12, 2014

The Import Equations function has some quirks that have been bugging me. 

 

1) It does not explain what each of the two pictographs means.  I can guess, or look in the help file, but who wants to do that?  I want the thinking done for me!  Even if I mouse-over, no tooltip pops up.

 

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2) The scroll bar is not the right length.  Usually in windows, the scroll bar gets smaller when you have more stuff.  It is a spatial analogue that represents the fraction of the full list that is currently visible.  Judging by the length of this scroll bar (see screenshot above) I would expect this list to be only a couple of items beyond the visible space.  In fact the number of items is twice the number that are visible (see screenshot below).  This seems like a bug.

 

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3) There is no obvious way to quickly select or deselect multiple items.  If I want only one equation, I have to manually go click click click and deselect them.  Eventually I decided to simply import all the equations, even the ones that I don't need.

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