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Re: Xwpe Mouse Icons
Forwarded message from: "Brian K. White" <email@example.com>
> At 04:48 PM 4/28/02 -0400, Dennis Payne wrote:
> > > Another request: can you make an option to eliminate all the silly pointer
> > > icons? Just one icon will do. I always forget if I the hot-spot is in the
> > > skull or in the bones...
> >Does anyone like them? I was just going to add the ability to remove
> >them but after reading Havoc's article of GUI design:
> > http://www106.pair.com/rhp/free-software-ui.html
> >It occurs to me that I should find out if anyone likes the pointers or
> >if they should be removed althogether.
> I don't mind them, but I also have the problem of knowing where the pointy
> bit is. I think the biggest problem with them is the images chosen. If we
> had a basic arrow with decorations, it might be clearer. Getting this
> right might be very difficult though; it may just be better to remove them
> entirely. If we have to err, that situation is far better.
> >Also I'm planning on removing the "File->Add F.-Mng" ability, remove
> >the "On Open: Close File Manager" option and make it always behave that
> >way. The remaining useless command line options (-nc,-nm, etc.) are
> >potential chopping block victims.
> I was the one who wrote the patch to add that, if I recall, because that's
> the way I wanted it to behave, so it makes things even better for
> me. :) I never really figured out what the Add F.Mng thing really
> did... The metaphor was incomplete.
> >I'm also thinking of merging the X11 and Terminal color options. That
> >way if you set xwpe to some color scheme wpe automatically uses it. Does
> >anyone like the ability to keep seperate color options?
> Do the colors render the same? I worry that a color scheme that works
> under X11 might look really bad under Terminal, and vice-versa? Has anyone
> experimented with this?
I forget if xwpe specifically allows it, but any X app in general should
allow you to fine tune the X colors via app-defaults, so I say go ahead
and treat them the same, and just like in an x-term, if a particular color
doesn't look good in X, tweak it in app-defaults. (or radically change it
in app-defaults for that matter, if you want colors that are nothing like
what is available in a cosole or ordinary terminal emulator.) In the code
you simply refer to "cyan" or "color 3" and you define "cyan" in app
defaults if the default is not acceptable.
I don't like the mouse pointers either. context sensative pointers are an
OK idea in general I guess, which means I guess I just don't like the
particular ones used in xwpe. My vote, in order of desireability, most
1 change the pointers
2 remove the pointers
3 do nothing
been a long time since I touched xwpe... think I'll crank out another SCO
Brian K. White -- firstname.lastname@example.org -- http://www.aljex.com/bkw/
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