Navigating up in the pathbar makes the view ambiguous
Submitted by David Woodhouse
I had an interesting phone call from my father this morning, who was confused by the GTK file dialog box. Upon looking harder, I understand the cause of his confusion.
If you go deep into a directory hierarchy, the names of the directories you've entered are shown on the screen, each in a little box. New boxes are added on the right-hand side as you enter new directories.
If you then come back up to a parent directory, those boxes on the right-hand side don't go away. See screenshot at http://david.woodhou.se/filedlg.png for example -- it's actually looking at the ~/Download/ directory but you could be forgiven for thinking that it's in the ~/Download/solos-pci-0.07/soloscli/ directory.
After returning to a parent directory, why do we keep the old subdirectory on the screen? It's just confusing -- the fact that the actually selected directory is a 'pressed' button, and has bold text, is really not enough of a hint.
Ideally, those old subdirectories should go away and stop confusing the user when we leave them and navigate back up to the parent. Perhaps it's useful to be able to go back to them quickly without having them in the list again, but that could be achieved with a small right-arrow button; the mirror image of the one on the left in the above screenshot. Or anything else that isn't so confusingly prominent.
It certainly doesn't make sense for them to have the same visual status as the still-valid parent directories of the currently-selected folder.