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Re: [Bug-gnubg] PNG Export

From: Jim Segrave
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnubg] PNG Export
Date: Sat, 28 Dec 2002 13:58:24 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/

On Fri 27 Dec 2002 (22:02 -0200), Albert Silver wrote:
> What is the general stand on this? It should be quite easy to write code
> that automatically adds the desired extension (html, png, what have we),
> and we may possibly also add a checkbox to the file selection dialog to
> undo the behaviour.
> Do we want to add a default extension or not?
> Jørn
> I'll tell you right away that if it doesn't, a lot of users are not
> going to be able to enjoy it. Presuming knowledge, however basic, on the
> part of users is a mistake. As a rule, unless intended for
> professionals, they need to have their hands held the whole way. I'm not
> trying to imply people are stupid, but yes, I am saying right out, that
> most are *very* ignorant about even the simplest things. I always try to
> cater to them, since the experienced user won't even notice. 

I agree with this summary. The majority of gnubg users probably aren't
"computer literate" and as gnubg improves in features and ease of use
under Windows, this is going to become more the case. Wherever
possible, gnubg should "do the right thing" by default, and, as the
majority of users will be running some version of Windows, it should
default to adding extensions. This should, if I understand the Windows
idiom, allow users to have icons for the various file types in their
directory displays. I suspect that many users don't know that file
extensions exist, as they only see the icon and the extensionless name
in their directory display.

On a related topic which Albert has raised (I think it was him at any
rate), prompting to warn that there are unsaved changes to the

Suppose that the gnubg exit routine creates a temp file of settings
and compares it to the current settings file. If they are the same,
exit, if not, prompt to ask if the user wants them saved, and if so,
move the old settings file to .gnubgautorc.bak or some such. We could
also have a settings option to disable the 'nag reminder' for people
who don't like it. I think this would be a useful addition.

Jim Segrave           address@hidden

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