For a while now I've been very irritated looking at the control panels and having them in an order that does not make ANY sense. For example, why is "Add-ons" the 7th in the "General" category, following "Site"?
How often does someone change Plone site languages and need the control panels to be in the same order?
How often does a person who does NOT change their language visit the control panels and is driven nuts by their being out of alphabetical order?
And finally... wouldn't it be lovely if we could specify an order and have it stick per person... or maybe have the kind of "automatic type to search" that Zope 4 has in its UI so after I go to @@overview-controlpanel I can start typing "Ad" (for "Add-ons") and have only the matching panels displayed (the non-matching ones are filtered out).
The order shouldn't change based on user or language in the same way as your phone settings aren't sorted by name either. They should be put into some fixed somewhat logical order and stay there, probably based around having similar items together and the most frequently used grouping first. Also some require additional permissions so perhaps they can be split off such as mail, theming and addons. or regional settings like datetime and language?
I can sort almost everything I look at on a computer. Most recently used, alpha, reverse of the above, manual (like on a phone home screen). Maybe we need to provide an optional “sort by” choice. The “order” they are in now doesn’t make any sense to me, because it’s by ID and they vary wildly. Some are capitalized, others not, and the IDs often have no bearing on the title we see.
It was originally sorting based on title, and it would translate the titles first if there was a translation, but Ramon’s commit change it to sort by id (and left the now useless translation lookup there, making it seem like a half baked try). Which Peter confirms
People who work most of the time with a single language set in their browser (ie they don't switch often)
People who switch their browser language frequently. These people are going to be knowledgeable about Plone and won’t see a different title-sorted order as any more mental work than operating in a different language. Even when I switch languages I’m going to be looking for a control panel by its name in that language.
It's not really about that. Its about images or help that uses screenshots in languages other than your own. They will be much harder to use if you can't use position to help you out. You are only left with icons.
+1. and also the number of items in the first section is probably now too much. There should be some more sections that logically make sense, some are content related like "site" and "languages" and some are technical like theme and addons.