Herbert123 wrote: The thing is, I do not see any benefit in having to consciously activate the view when I select a layer in the layer panel
The benefit comes from telling the program what you want to work with. With the old, incorrect behaviour of the Layers panel, you cannot use the keyboard to perform any action on the layer itself that's selected because the input focus is always bizarrely on a completely different window -- the main editing window.
This old behaviour is not only inconsistent with the other lists, panels, and dialogs in PL, but also prevents future enhancements. The new, correct behaviour where the Layers panel retains the input focus will allow features like using the Esc key to toggle the visibility of the selected layer on and off, etc.
Consider the case where you have a vector object selected. If you open the Color List, you can use the arrow keys to move through the colours (and see the effect of the colour change on the object).
Why can't I have that convenience with the Layers panel?
Consider the Layers panel itself -- if you open the drop down for the blend modes, you can use the arrow keys to move through the blend modes (and see the effect of the chosen blend mode).
Why can't I have that convenience in the Layers panel itself?
Herbert123 wrote:And who is saying the cursor keys are generally used to select things?
And according to GUI standards: agreed, list views can be NAVIGATED by pressing the cursor keys.
Yes, I agree. I am talking about having the ability to use the cursor keys to navigate through the layers. It's a feature of application design that, in a list, the item that has been highlighted by navigating to it is selected.
Herbert123 wrote:In short, I think we should have these options:
That shows the inherent problems with the old, incorrect behaviour -- one would have to add more and more complex workarounds to compensate for its behaviour. My previous suggestion (using the new, correct behaviour of the Layers panel) for the arrow keys and the ">" & "<" keys is simple, direct and elegant.
Just a note for the lurkers who are probably getting very bored with this discussion about the behaviour of the Layers panel:
123 and I are having this discussion (and it's an important disciussion, IMO) because we share the same ideal of navigating through the layers and also precisely moving layer content without having to use the mouse. We are simply examining the best way to implement that.