When searching in Dolphin and no items have been found, Dolphin uses the status bar to communicate the information. While there is a message that communicates the result to the user, this message could be lost given that it happens away from the central view the user is at during search.
I suggest using a more prominent message in the search results pane that says "No items found". We follow this idea in other places in Plasma. It would do well in Dolphin as well. It would allow the user to understand quickly that the search operation stopped and no items were found in a location were the user's eyes are already placed.
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Yeah typically in QML-based apps we put a big placeholder message in the center of the view when this happens. We could do the same thing in Dolphin with some custom drawing.
Might make sense to genericize this so that every empty view would say something like "empty folder" which could then be overridden for the search view to say "No items found". This would also allow us to implement Bug 426354.
(In reply to Nate Graham from comment #1)
> Yeah typically in QML-based apps we put a big placeholder message in the
> center of the view when this happens. We could do the same thing in Dolphin
> with some custom drawing.
> Might make sense to genericize this so that every empty view would say
> something like "empty folder" which could then be overridden for the search
> view to say "No items found". This would also allow us to implement Bug
Yeah, makes sense.
A possibly relevant merge request was started @ https://invent.kde.org/system/dolphin/-/merge_requests/118
Git commit 78c7429a35c9bdbcdb76fd6304210237e5dbc2f5 by Elvis Angelaccio, on behalf of Nate Graham.
Committed on 28/11/2020 at 19:06.
Pushed by elvisangelaccio into branch 'master'.
Add placeholder text for empty views
Throughout our QML-based software, we now display placeholder text for
empty views so that the user knows that the view is actually empty, and
it's not that the software is just broken.
This commit introduces the same thing for Dolphin's main view.
Related: bug 426354
M +71 -1 src/views/dolphinview.cpp
M +4 -0 src/views/dolphinview.h