[mythtv] Menu structure suggestion
christoph.sommer at 2005.expires.deltadevelopment.de
Thu Jan 20 13:16:47 EST 2005
While browsing the menu .xml files I got the impression that the order
in which entries are arranged in the current CVS tree do not always
follow a logical pattern. This may be because the menus "grew" while
more and more features were added to MythTV.
To make things a little more structured I suggest we organize the
existing features into four big categories:
supplemented by two additional categories
My suggestion is based on the following assumptions:
Watching and recording TV is the main purpose of MythTV, so this is a
top-level category although it would fit in multimedia, too.
"Media Library" no longer seems appropiate as a category for features
like Radio or Games.
"Phone" need not be a top-level category.
All other features fit into these categories quite nicely.
Management and maintainance tasks got swapped out to a menu of their own
because they are accessed more often than "Setup" and do not really
"Setup" now only harbors setup and configuration related options,
preferably in the same order the related features are found in the main
For a quick overview I arranged the existing features according to this
pattern and attached an outline of menu options to this mail.
Another, maybe not fully grown, idea would be to completely seperate
both "Manage" and "Setup" from the day-to-day options, maybe move them
to another menu plane (cf. puny ASCII art). This would also allow for
easy switching between, say "Music", "Music Management" and "Music
Setup" without the need to go back to the main menu.
user mgmt. setup
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| | |
- TV --- TV management --- TV setup --->
| | |
- Multimedia -- MM management --- MM setup --->
| | |
- Information -- Info management - Info setup ->
| | |
v v v
What do you think?
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