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

Subject: Re: FAQ -- why the MSDI interface? (aka, no pagers please)
From: Håkan Waara (
Date: Sat Aug 18 2001 - 20:32:18 CDT

Paul Rohr wrote:
> 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
> 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.

If it's to any help, Mozilla quits when the last window is closed.

Since AbiWord is quick to startup (unlike Mozilla), why not simply hide
the whole MDI/SDI idea to the user and just:

1. Open up a new document whenever the app is launched (regardless if
it's already running). This would imply removing the splashscreen.

2. Close a window if `Close' is chosen.

Simple, coherent and elegant.

Håkan Waara (

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