- From: Geoff Reedy <vader21 imsa edu>
- To: Sean Middleditch <sean middleditch iname com>
- Cc: Geoff Reedy <vader21 imsa edu>,Nathan Hurst <njh hawthorn csse monash edu au>,gnome-devel-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: Directories/Files
- Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2000 22:29:54 -0500
On Fri, Aug 25, 2000 at 07:55:15AM +0500, Sean Middleditch <firstname.lastname@example.org> said
> > On Fri, Aug 25, 2000 at 10:18:14AM +1000, Nathan Hurst <email@example.com> 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 http://www.iarchitect.com/file95.htm
> > 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
"Unix-to-Unix Copy Program;" said PDP-1. "You will never find a more
wretched hive of bugs and flamers. We must be cautious."
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