From: Christian Neumair (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Jun 03 2003 - 13:55:02 EDT
Am Die, 2003-06-03 um 18.48 schrieb David Adam Bordoley:
> > From: Christian Neumair <email@example.com>
> > I just compiled a bunch of screenshots of my mockup for a new AbiWord
> > preferences dialog [1-4].
> > Please have a look at them and make proposals on what I can still
> > improve. I like it much more than the old dialog but I'm not completely
> > satisfied. Especially the buttons IMO are far away from looking perfect.
> > Thanks for your efforts!
I already got some suggestions from the abiword mailing list.
The problem is that both of the lists are closed so postings are not
> >  http://gnome-de.org/~manny/prefsmockup1.png
> 1. Why not move the statusbar and ruler prefs directly into the view menu.
> Would make access to these much quicker.
They are in the view menu, too.
I'm not sure whether it's a good idea to keep it in the prefs dialog,
too. Maybe you're right. AW devels?
> 2. I thought there was a global gnome pref for cursor blink, wouldn't be
> better to use this pref?
I assume this is pref is set by a gconf key. As of today, AbiWord hasn't
got any possibility to interact with gconf. Probably a 2.2 TODO.
> 3. I think it would be better to move the toolbar editting interface stuff
> into a seperate dialog. In epiphany we use edit->toolbars.
I don't think Ephy's way of handling toolbars is acceptable for AbiWord.
In AW you don't edit particular items, but the toolbar as a whole.
> 4. Why would you disable tooltips?
You are right, it's a fundamental question whether it makes sense to
disable them. I think this option is even dubious cross-platform-wise.
> >  http://gnome-de.org/~manny/prefsmockup2.png
> I can't pin it down, but it seems like most of these prefs are technobabble.
> Shouldn't the right to left prefs just work automagically based on locale?
> The glyph prefs are particularly crypic and meaningless to 99.9% of people i
> would guess. Are there sane defaults that can be used instead. Seems odd to
> have a preference for one specific language.
Dom already told me to remove "Show all/hidden text". That at least
reduces the options. I can't state on the RTL issue, though.
> You should default automatic save to on, thats a nice feature :)
Hey, that's just a mockup :).
All the defaults are loaded by some config backend at runtime.
> >  http://gnome-de.org/~manny/prefsmockup3.png
> If you've chosen to include a custom dictionary, why would you choose not to
> make suggestions from it?
Dom told me to remove the custom dictionary as well as the ignored word
> >  http://gnome-de.org/~manny/prefsmockup4.png
> 1. Kill the splash screen pref. Splash screens are poor excuses for long
> load times. It is especially unneeded now that gnome has application launch
I think the AbiWord developers will keep it as a kind of a brand. I'm
not sure whether an UI option makes sense. Dom?
> 2. Why would you not automatically load all plugins? (legit question)
Plugins are handled in a non-gnumeric manner in AbiWord. You add them
manually and probably just don't want them to be loaded automatically.
Maybe the label is a bit confusing. The "all" implies that some are
> 3. Are preference schemes really necessary? Seems like something 1 out of
> 1000 people will use.
Dom told me to remove this, too.
> Hope these comments are useful.
Yes. Thanks :).
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