[JDEV] Jabber Client Design Tutorial

DJ Adams dj.adams at pobox.com
Tue Sep 25 01:23:48 CDT 2001

On Mon, Sep 24, 2001 at 01:36:01PM -0700, Ragavan S wrote:
> How is this different from 'hotkeys'(like Alt <- for back on a browser, or 
> Ctl-c to cut) that most(?) applications come with?

Because there's no overhead (screen real-estate or otherwise) that's
to be lost to 'useless' menus and so on. 

>From my (perhaps limited) windows experience, there are more GUI
apps that do the hotkey stuff badly than well.

I guess I'm thinking of the mainframe environments I grew up with -
ISPF, SDSF, and so on. Even today, I haven't seen an environment,
graphical or no, to beat them. And they were 80x25 text format too.
A fantastic combination of hotkeys and small commands entered on a
command line. 

> hotkeys, will soon start using the one they prefer and are used to. But, 
> this doesn't mean the client shdn't give them the choice to do that.

Absolutely. Flexibility is great. But not at any price.

'old-git' ISPF editor fan

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