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RE: [Bug-gnubg] Another gui issue

From: Jonathan Kinsey
Subject: RE: [Bug-gnubg] Another gui issue
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2009 16:09:55 +0000

I'm not sure if it was added deliberately, it may have come along as part of the "click board to start playing at the start" type changes (which are fine).

It probably needs a bit more thinking about, especially that if the warning is turned off it stops without asking.  Maybe it should be the case that if an animation is going on a click on the board stops the animation without a prompt and if the computer is thinking the message box comes up?  This way a user can skip an animation if they want and also get the message if they just aren't sure what is happening (thinking in tutor mode for example).  The stop button is fine, but users will just click things, hour glass or not and some response is helpful I think.


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CC: address@hidden; address@hidden
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnubg] Another gui issue
From: address@hidden
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2009 17:06:22 +0200

Jonathan Kinsey <address@hidden> wrote on 17/07/2009 16:47:08:

> Max, I'm not sure how you can accidentally click on the board often (when the
> computer is thinking)?
> In general a user might not be sure what is happening and clicking
> the board and
> nothing happening isn't the best answer. Maybe the message could be
> improved to
> something like, "The computer is thinking, interrupt the current process?".
> Jon

I would say that most of the time is when gnubg is moving (chequers are
moving) and I click too early. Not a big deal but since interrupting
could lead to strange situations (you have to force gnubg to play his
roll) it looks kinda messy for a non-expert user.

I wouldn't expect gnubg to react while he's thinking/moving, except
to the stop button. The spinning hourglass indicates gnubg is thinking
(btw, there's no hourglass while chequers are being moved around by gnubg),
even a naive user knows gnubg is working.

My point is only that, as it is today, it is way too easy to stop gnubg
compared to the number of cases where yuo really need to do it (close to
never ?). Stop button is fine: it's small and almost hidden. If you need
to stop gnubg, you're smart enough to loko around for the button.

I have no idea when this feature came in, but I'm positive that it
wasn't there in the past.


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