[wp-hackers] new menu management 3.0

Mike Schinkel mikeschinkel at newclarity.net
Tue Jun 22 03:38:37 UTC 2010

On Jun 21, 2010, at 3:08 PM, Andrew Nacin wrote:
> \On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 10:10 AM, Mike Schinkel <mikeschinkel at newclarity.net
>> wrote:
>>> I agree with Japh that if I setup a top-level menu it would be nice to
>> *have
>>> the option* to tell the menu to auto-populate the children (and keep them
>>> updated when a new child is created).
>>> The user could still go to the menu page and use the nice drag and drop
>>> interface to remove or add items... but the basic structure would be
>>> populated automatically.
>> Sounds like a pretty trivial plugin to write prior to when (and if) such
>> improvements can be made to the core.
>> Best place for these suggestions, btw, are as tickets on
>> http://core.trac.wordpress.org/
> Just to address the feature request here. I think it's perfectly valid, and
> I'm bummed we couldn't get it into 3.0. We did get auto-add top pages in,
> because the UX and UI was straightforward.
> However, dealing with the UX and UI surrounding auto-adding children was
> more difficult, and after lengthy conversations (and attempted patches) with
> some of the other devs, we just couldn't nail down what would be appropriate
> functionality in order to make it happen in time. (I won't get into it here
> unless someone wants to here it, but it is much more complicated than you'd
> think.) We keep saying menus are just v1. We would definitely accept this
> feature request for consideration for v2 of menus, and I'm pretty sure
> there's already a ticket for it.

Just for clarity, when I said "trivial" I meant for someone to address their own needs and ignore edge cases, not to address the needs of the entire user base.  As you stated, the latter is far from trivial.


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