Re: definitions -- *DI window management

Subject: Re: definitions -- *DI window management
From: David Chart (
Date: Sun Aug 19 2001 - 16:05:18 CDT

On 19 Aug 2001 15:51:49 -0400, Randy Kramer wrote:
> Sounds like it's time for MSDI2, you know, the one that keeps the
> application active after the last document is closed, *by design*. ;-)

Sounds good to me. :-)

I *don't* think that Abi should go to MDI. I've used MDI programs on
Windows, and they are as confusing as Paul says. I don't think there
should be a single menu bar.

I also don't think that the Close command should do two importantly
different things without warning. There *is* a difference between
closing the application and closing the document, even when there is
only one document open. If it's a deliberate design decision, it strikes
me as a bad one.

Incidentally, did Netscape and IE run usability labs to test their
interfaces? I know a bit about how bad procedures get engrained by
inertia, and given that this is a fairly minor point (in general, I like
MSDI. Really) it might just be that way because Joe Random Programmer
decided to do it that way. And then MSFT copied Netscape. This is a
genuine question, because I suspect Paul knows the answer.

David Chart

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