Re: FAQ -- why the MSDI interface? (aka, no pagers please)

Subject: Re: FAQ -- why the MSDI interface? (aka, no pagers please)
From: Paul Rohr (
Date: Sat Aug 18 2001 - 20:33:34 CDT

At 09:04 PM 8/18/01 -0400, Tim LaDuca wrote:
>On 18 Aug 2001 16:43:36 -0700, Paul Rohr wrote:
>> Erp. In what widely-used SDI application does File / Close *not* have the
>> exact same semantics as clicking the little X? And why aren't they in the
>> User Interface Hall of Shame?
>:-) Microsoft Word. When you click File-> Close you are left with a
>"document-less" window.

I asked this elsewhere in the thread, but is there a **non-MDI** version of
Word with this behavior? If so, two questions:

  1. What version is it?
  2. What does the UI look like when you File/Close the last open document?

It's obvious how to show that state on a Mac or in a true MDI app. The
pesky question that remains is whether anyone's established a comparable UI
convention for apps like AbiWord.

>But most others behave like you say. To be
>clear, I'm not arguing that AbiWord is not behaving like other SDI
>programs, just that tying the File menu items to window operations just
>doesn't make sense overall, but SDI basically forces you to do this.
>Also to be fair, I am not a fan of the SDI interface, so I could
>probably argue all day with the "SDI people". I'll stop now ;-)

I know, you're an MDI fan. Gotcha. ;-)


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