Re: [gtk-list] Style Guide (was Re: vi bindings for text widgets)
- From: Joe Pfeiffer <pfeiffer cs nmsu edu>
- To: gtk-list redhat com
- Subject: Re: [gtk-list] Style Guide (was Re: vi bindings for text widgets)
- Date: Tue, 7 Jul 1998 08:40:30 -0600
I know this is heretical, but I'll say it anyway.
I say keybindings should be a function of a 'style guide', and not settable
to random things by users. Here we are, championing GTK as a fine toolkit for
writing applications, yet we seem to be supporting two conflicting camps
at the same time:
One says: "here is a set of nice widgets, so that all GTK applications can
have a similar look and feel".
The other says: "you can set your own preferences for everything in your
.rc files in such a way that GTK applications on *your* workstation are so
baroque that no one except you can run them"!
I don't see a conflict between these two views. A widget set
supporting a common look and feel should be there (you're right,
Microsoft's style guide was a good thing; an early mistake in X was
not having one); a user who runs with all-defaults should get a
vanilla look and feel. But, a user who wants to do something bizarre
to their own environment should be able to do it.
Joseph J. Pfeiffer, Jr., Ph.D. Phone -- (505) 646-1605
Department of Computer Science FAX -- (505) 646-1002
New Mexico State University http://www.cs.nmsu.edu/~pfeiffer
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