Although I agree with your on some level, the advantage of the current toolbar is that it is easy to incorporate in a GUI, where the user can define his own drop down menu. So I vote for a backend native slider, but keep the button on the toolbar.
I have been thinking about an easier way to have user-defined toolbars (and I am sure others have much better ideas). I would rather put energy towards modifyable toolbars than a dropdown menu,
Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2006 09:34:57 -0400
From: Darren Dale <dd55@…143…>
Subject: [matplotlib-devel] subplots adjust
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I am writing to ask about the subplots adjust widget. I think the gui would be
better implimented by each backend using the native widgets rather than by
the existing set of backend-neutral sliders, which are somewhat unbecoming.
The proposed backend-specific widgets could call the generic subplot resize
routines, and really shouldn’t be that difficult to impliment. Also, I was
thinking that subplot_adjust should be selectable from a standard
dropdown “File, Edit, View…” menubar instead of on the main toolbar. The
save button could also be moved to the drop down menu bar.