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Re: [Demexp-dev] 0.5.3 out

From: John Skaller
Subject: Re: [Demexp-dev] 0.5.3 out
Date: Fri, 08 Jul 2005 11:40:13 +1000

On Thu, 2005-07-07 at 20:09 +0200, David MENTRE wrote:
> Hi John,

> > hehe .. voted on the only question I could find in English .. :)
> Well, you probably noticed that most demexp people are French. :) But
> i18n is on the todo list for next releases.

I'm curious if anyone knows of an online translator.
It should be possible to hack Alta-Vista, I know how to do that
for a web page but not the form with the input box.

> > The startup is a bit messy: I had to edit preferences,
> > then when i restarted it forgot the server. Started again
> > with server name, had to edit account .. quit and start
> > again for the login to take effect.
> Yep. I know. I should at least automatically reconnect to the server
> after each login change. 

'You' are not the only programmer here .. one reason I was trying
to build from source.

> But, on the long term, appropriate dialogs to
> edit multiple server preferences should be provided. If only programming
> those GUI dialogs would not take such a loooong time.

Modern GUI's suck badly IMHO -- way too much work to do
anything useful. Which is probably why many people opt
to use HTML and web browsers instead.

However, a monolithic solution isn't the only answer.
If the command line went

demexp URL account

with a popup for the password, the main GUI wouldn't need
to worry about switching connections. It could be managed
by another program, possibly written in a scripting language,
and thus customisable for the political arena.

> Don't hesitate to let us know what do you think about current features,
> even if they are negative.

It looks good once connected. Sure, some polishing is needed.
However it is a bit hard for me to test, since I don't speak
any French .. I have a friend that does however.

On thing I think you will need to do: when you connect to
a server, the client should download an icon and display it.

John Skaller <skaller at users dot sourceforge dot net>
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