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All views in Drupal admin pages require a set of tools that are presented to the user with a consistent visual style and page architecture.
The tools should include
- actions, (usually, but not always, adding a new item)
- (filtering on a keyword using an autocomplete text field)
- bulk operations.
Since all of these things are tools to manipulate a view, they should be designed as a single toolset so we can improve discoverability, reduce anti-patterns and increase user efficiency.
This issue is a "meta, meta" issue since it references other meta issues. Not sure what the implications of that are but there it is.
The following prototype shows the functionality http://invis.io/R8F4K2BC
And here is a partial overview design of tables with the unified interaction pattern applied and anti-patterns removed