[Pine-info] Re: get out of Busy state
dwm at xpasc.com
Tue Sep 5 09:11:10 PDT 2006
On Tue, 5 Sep 2006, Beartooth wrote:
> On Tue, 5 Sep 2006, Curt Sampson wrote:
> > On Sat, 2 Sep 2006, Beartooth Staffwright wrote:
> >> Having to react instantly, finger poised already on correct key, and
> >> still not succeed half the time, intensifies the purple. I can't think
> >> of anything else in all of pine that I so detest.
> > Errors in general. I miss errors all the time, because the message goes
> > away too quickly. Or I sit there for second after second, waiting for
> > several seconds each for error after error to disappear after I've read
> > it. It would be hard to design something to be more annoying.
> > Errors should just appear in a separate window, not interrupting normal
> > progress, with a "hotkey" of some sort, not used elsewhere, to
> > acknowledge them.
> Good point! I have the same problem, just not so often;
> but it is indeed irritating. Whether a separate window -- I
> presume you mean a little popup -- or something else would
> be better, I won't try to say; but I'd like *something* that
> waits for an acknowledgement, and then goes away.
> Refinement: popups that announce problems and contain
> only an OK button are also frustrating. I'd rather have a
> second option or two, such as "tell me more" or "try again"
> or something leaving the subtechnoid user less helpless in
> front of something utterly alien.
Better would be a well understood, easy way to retrieve all recent
messages ... if action is required, the message needs to persist until
the action is completed... by providing access to the messages, all that
needs to remain on the screen is an indication that one or more new
messages has been issued. No need to delay any message for reading since
access is assured.
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