Re: window-in-window MDI

George wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 14, 2000 at 08:42:05PM +0100, Jaka Mocnik wrote:
> > > So, can we have some discussion of the change, and revert the change
> > > if there isn't a consensus to include it?
> > so, as far as I am concerned, this is a matter of freedom of choice (I
> > hope I don't get shot at an entrance to a clinic - whoops, this was a
> > tasteless one), but as I am in no way emotionally attached to these
> > changes, I can happily revert them if the people of Rome (ah, pardon,
> > GNOME) decide so ;) ...
> I agree with Jaka here.  As long as it's not the default I'm all for it being
> there.  There are many people who like it for some weird reason so those
> people can be happy now and switch their defaults.  I have seen people in my
> lug using this argument as an argument for KDE.  I dunno if that is a good
> technical reason to have it, but I don't see a reason to not have it unless
> it crashes all the time and takes up 20 megs in the library.
> George

Ok, how about it being a poor interface?

We in the Hit Squad are expected to suggest interface improvements, but
we cannot do that if steps backward (like including a mode I have yet to
see a decent arguement for) are constantly being taken. A good interface
should be consistent, and provide the user with the most efficient and
easy-to-deduce means of accomplishing their task. I have yet to find
anyone who can use MDI as efficiently as SDI or Notebook-style MDI, and
that seems reason enough to avoid it -- even if one doesn't buy the
technical- and appearance-based reasons not to (X doesn't support it,
themes are not inheirited, window controls/looks/behaviors don't match,
it forces all windows to further limit the available desktop size,

    Jim Cape

    "Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them
     pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened."
        -- Winston Churchill

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