[oXygen-user] The New File->New Dialog Not Cutting It

Eliot Kimber
Mon Sep 20 08:58:36 CDT 2010

On 9/20/10 8:54 AM, "George Cristian Bina" <> wrote:

> Hi Eliot,
> We can add a flat mode / tree mode switch.
> The tree mode will be the actual mode. The flat mode will still present
> the Recent, Global, Frameworks/[framework] structure but will not go
> deeper that that. The files will be presented with their name and with
> the eventual folder location as suffix. What do you think of this approach?

Definitely worth a try. I suspect that my situation is somewhat atypical
since I work on so many different DITA projects at once.



> Best Regards,
> George
> --
> George Cristian Bina
> <oXygen/> XML Editor, Schema Editor and XSLT Editor/Debugger
> http://www.oxygenxml.com
> On 9/20/10 4:33 PM, Eliot Kimber wrote:
>> On 9/20/10 8:29 AM, "George Cristian Bina"<>  wrote:
>>> Hi Eliot,
>>> Have you tried the filtering support? If you type for example D4P in the
>>> filter box (that has the initial focus) then you should be able to see
>>> exactly your DITA for Publishers templates, no matter where they were
>>> placed. Please try this and let us know if it is of any help.
>> That definitely does get me to the templates, but it does require typing
>> that wasn't required before.
>> But I can't think off the top of my head of a way to avoid the need for
>> typing, short of making the Global Templates list flat (that is, not reflect
>> containing directories).
>> Cheers,
>> E.
>>> Best Regards,
>>> George
>>> --
>>> George Cristian Bina
>>> <oXygen/>  XML Editor, Schema Editor and XSLT Editor/Debugger
>>> http://www.oxygenxml.com
>>> On 9/17/10 5:56 PM, Eliot Kimber wrote:
>>>> I'm finding the new File->New dialog to be must less convenient than the
>>>> old
>>>> one.
>>>> One issue I have is that I have many different "templates" directories. I
>>>> carefully name my template documents so they sort together, e.g, "D4P -
>>>> Chapter.dita", "D4P - Article.dita", etc. That works really well in the
>>>> flat
>>>> list of templates. I tend to organize my templates by type within a
>>>> containing directory named "templates": templates/topics, templates/maps,
>>>> templates/word, templates/indesign, etc.
>>>> In Oxygen 11 I could point to the ancestor templates directory and
>>>> everything just worked. Very convenient.
>>>> But in the new system, each containing directory is reflected in the New
>>>> File tree, so I get a lot of "templates" entries under the Global Templates
>>>> item, with no way to distinguish which project a given templates directory
>>>> is for.
>>>> Short of bringing back the old dialog, I think an easy fix would be to make
>>>> Global Templates a flat list like the old dialog.
>>>> Otherwise I can't think of any easy change that would make the new dialog
>>>> behave usefully with the way I currently have my templates organized.
>>>> One of the nice aspects of the old template mechanism was it meant that I
>>>> didn't have to have a templates/ directory that was designed specifically
>>>> for Oxygen, since the use of Oxygen is as much for my own convenience as it
>>>> is for my clients.
>>>> That is, I want my "templates" directory to be the holder for any kind of
>>>> template for any tool or purpose for which templates is useful, not a
>>>> specific "Oxygen templates" directory.
>>>> Cheers,
>>>> E.

Eliot Kimber
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