Re: Directories/Files

On Fri, Aug 25, 2000 at 07:55:15AM +0500, Sean Middleditch <> said
> > 
> > On Fri, Aug 25, 2000 at 10:18:14AM +1000, Nathan Hurst <> said
> > > 
> > > I've often wondered why the file open stuff was different to the gmc stuff
> > > - on the mac it was the same, why was the File Open dialog different to a
> > > Finder window?
> > > 
> > 
> > AFAIK Windows 95 and later are the only operating systems to use the same
> > component for opening/saving a file as the default filemanager, and there are
> > some problems with this.  For a case study on the UI design of the Windows 95
> > common file dialogs look at  
> > Common dialogs are nice, but they must be implemented properly.
> > 
> KDE has something similar, too.
> Also, I never said we shouldn't do it properly.  ~,^
> If done right, it could even be extensible/modifiable like the current
> widget (well, just take more stuff onto it, but it works) without
> changing any code.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for common dialogs, it greatly enhances the
desktop-wide consistency that GNOME shoots for.  In fact common dialogs for
errors, warnings, question, password prompt, etc. (the gnome-dialog-util
stuff) are, in my opinion, one of the nicest thing about GNOME.  I referenced
the web page so that we don't repeat the mistakes of that other operating

Geoffrey Reedy                             

"Unix-to-Unix Copy Program;" said PDP-1.  "You will never find a more
wretched hive of bugs and flamers.  We must be cautious."
				-- DECWARS

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