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frontend redesign :-)
- To: <tribble>
- Subject: frontend redesign :-)
- From: Mark S. Miller <mark>
- Date: Wed, 20 Sep 89 12:54:14 PDT
- Cc: <us>
- In-reply-to: <Eric>,48 PDT <8909200947.AA21829@xxxxxxxxxx>
I don't get the bit about dots vs bubbles. I've seen the proposed fe
look, but am (apparently) not familiar with the terminology.
I love the text selection idea! The button appearing nearby to
represent the selected text as a draggable entity is WONDERFUL! I've
heard you and Ravi talk about similar ideas in the abstract before,
but haven't before heard of a way to fit it into the Mac user
Speaking of mac user interface conventions, I believe that dragging
the button should be move (as you suggested), but option-drag should
be vcopy, not double-click-drag. Option-drag is a standard way of
duplicating elements in many Mac graphics editors. Besides that, I
think double-click-drag is an awkward motion.
Double clicking is kind of a way to open things up. I suggest that
double clicking on a text button means start a new document (and new
document window) whose initial contents are the selected text. I
don't know if this is useful enough to use up double-click on a button
for this, but assuming it is... For consistency (perhaps a foolish
consistency) just double clicking both starts a new document & removes
the text from its original location (i.e., a move). Option-double-
click starts the new document with the selected text & leaves the text
where it came from (i.e., a vcopy).
Note that we still must support the Mac "cut-copy-paste-clipboard"
It would be wonderful if these text-selection-buttons could also serve
as a visually reified link-end for creating links. Maybe
double-clicking makes it persistent, so that later you can form a link
by indicating several persistent buttons.
I haven't been following the fe design. Does the above make any