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On Freitag, 8. Juli 2016 16:34:26 CEST Thorsten Behrens wrote:
Regina Henschel wrote:
 In ODF the z-order is _completely different_ from the layer.

Right. So the feature is mainly useful for quickly showing and hiding
subsets of the Drawing - and it's orthogonal to everything else,
including z-order & navigation order.

Compare it to grouping or tagging, but it's without the hard-link when
e.g. moving grouped shapes around.

As such it's helpful. And the before is no statement about the
usefulness of layers in the meaning of Inkscape, Gimp or the like.

As Tomaz pointed out, "To be honest, for Draw having layers that don't behave as majority of 
vector/raster editing programs out there is not the way to make Draw more familiar and useful for 

We have (meta) issues regarding layers, object selection, and a clean UI. The proposal is to have 
all document features in the navigator. And there could be either "restricted" access to layers in 
terms of attaching the z-order to layers, or we provide orthogonal view (e.g. per tabs) to layers, 
groups, and other aspects in the navigator.

From the usability POV I see clear advantages for the first option. The idea to hide objects from 
layer a and b but keep others makes not much sense. And a group over layer boundaries sounds also 
like a nightmare when you open the drawing after some time.


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