[Alpine-info] Re: Strange behaviour in deleting from Gmail
bl10 at cam.ac.uk
Wed Dec 16 13:53:19 PST 2009
On Wed, 16 Dec 2009, Mark Crispin wrote:
:>On Wed, 16 Dec 2009, Joe(theWordy)Philbrook wrote:
:>> > The alphabet soup commands need to be replaced entirely.
:>> It is here that I must categorically disagree with your assessment of
:>> what needs to be changed. While it might be nice to let me customize
:>> which "alphabet soup" character does what command, taking them away would
:>> force me to use the mouse as a primary input device.
:>You misunderstand. There are other choices between alphabet soup and mouse.
:>Once upon a time, people understood how to do command interfaces that were
:>neither alphabet soup ("; is the command to search") nor cryptic ("cat is the
:>command to view the contents of a file, grep is the command to search through
glad you are saying that, as I suspect I am one of the few
individuals...! I remember criticising Unix long and loud for
being totally unnecessary cryptic (as a relic of the need to preserve
scarce disc space and band width).
:>That knowledge has largely been lost, except in the minds of a few individuals
:>over the age of 50. But, other lost knowledge is being rediscovered by the
:>millenial kids (Gen-X is largely a lost cause). I suspect this too will be
:>rediscovered in the fullness of time.
all pendula swing..!
:>> > The modalities need to be replaced with windows and panels.
:>> The very fact that it doesn't clutter my desktop with multiple open
:>> windows is one of the things I like about alpine.
:>Except when you need something from more than one message at a time. Or you
:>want to view a newly received message without having to postpone the message
:>that you are composing first.
:>-- Mark --
:>Democracy is two wolves and a sheep deciding what to eat for lunch.
:>Liberty is a well-armed sheep contesting the vote.
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