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Re: State "button" in Customize is not a button

From: Bill Wohler
Subject: Re: State "button" in Customize is not a button
Date: Sat, 07 Jan 2006 09:09:35 -0800
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

"Drew Adams" <address@hidden> writes:

> The State button in Customize is not a button but a pulldown list
> (menu).

Your observation applies to the Value Menu as well. Sounds like
changing the text of the State menu from State to State Menu would be
a good choice as long as the widget still looks like a button.

> In general, however, pulldown menus are not a good UI idea.

Disagree in general. They are fine in menu bars and context menus.

> Because it is too easy to not notice that they are menus (i.e
> represent choices).

I agree. The menus should not look like buttons. I am at a loss of how
to make a standalone menu though as menus are usually associated with
menu bars. And these are menus, not comboboxes, since they perform
actions, not just represent choices.

Now that I think of it, the Value Menu is not a menu, but a combobox.
Oy, we probably should postpone creating different widgets for menus
and comboboxes until after the release.

> It is a bad idea for the closed state of a menu to
> represent one of the possible menu choices.

True, but you'd use a combobox widget in this case and it doesn't
apply to the State menu anyway.

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