[JDEV] UI opinions..

Thomas D. Charron tcharron at my-deja.com
Fri Aug 6 08:26:27 CDT 1999

  Actually, I was thinking about that, and it's ENTIRELY possible to make the client have several different 'UI modes' of operation.  Basically, in Windows development, dialogs are resources..  I can include several dialogs that all function 'differently', and allow a configuration option to choose which sets to use..

  If the Win32 client ever does support skins on a larger scale (Aka, round windows, etc..), I will probrably end up buying a theme library and building a seperate client off of that, so as not to add to the bulk of the basic client..

Thomas Charron

On Thu, 5 Aug 1999 22:38:24    Scott Robinson wrote:
>Microsoft had the right idea when it allowed users to just drag and drop the
>buttons they liked onto the tool bar.
>Configurability with simplicity is the way everyone _wants_ to go, but
>getting there seems to be the problem. Bars or menus? Both?
>While the ICQesque interface is generally agreed to be evil, that is what
>the user expects. At the very least, we should have a client that has a
>similar UI.
>Skins? Customizable UI? If we wrote a standard (read portable) Jabber client
>that supported radical modification of the UI with a few nice defaults that
>we created, I would think this would solve all our problems. You may say
>"but that would be to hard! Think of all the code we'd have write to
>specialize the interface..."
>Scripting language? If we have a scripting language for the Jabber client,
>then I would hope it could modify the UI. In fact, why just modify, why not
>control! jabber.cfg points to a script which in effect is all the UI code.
>This would drastically reduce our porting problems if we were to go the
>standard client route. If we move as much as we can to our scripting
>language, leaving the actual network code and VM to be ported it would make
>our job much easier.
>While everyone on our Jabber list are techies, if we want Jabber to succeed
>in "The Real World" then we need to make it easy for users. When that Jabber
>install program boots up, its only question should be "How do you want
>Jabber to look? ICQ/AIMesque? mIRCesqe? ..." and etc.
>As always, I'm officially "on crack" so anything I say can be disregarded.
>* Vivre Draco translated into ASCII [Fri, Aug 06, 1999 at 12:23:36AM -0500][<VPOP31.3.0b.19990806002337.570.1d.1.130a3d50 at oakwind>]
>> On 4 Aug 99,, Ben Apple sounded off on Re: [JDEV] UI opinions..:
>> > 	When given a choice, some users prefer buttons and some menu
>> > bars... I think it's a good idea to have the complete bunch in the
>> > menu bars, and the more basic (and frequently used) duplicated on
>> > the list window. 
>>    Guess it's time to expand on my last message (which, for those of 
>> you who are skimming, consisted entirely of the words  
>> "Configurability, configurability, configurability!").

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