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[Octave-bug-tracker] [bug #44175] GUI differences between qt and fltk

From: Michael Godfrey
Subject: [Octave-bug-tracker] [bug #44175] GUI differences between qt and fltk
Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2015 17:29:36 +0000
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                 Summary: GUI differences between qt and fltk
                 Project: GNU Octave
            Submitted by: godfrey
            Submitted on: Tue 03 Feb 2015 05:29:35 PM GMT
                Category: Plotting
                Severity: 3 - Normal
                Priority: 5 - Normal
              Item Group: Other
                  Status: None
             Assigned to: None
         Originator Name: godfrey
        Originator Email: 
             Open/Closed: Open
         Discussion Lock: Any
                 Release: dev
        Operating System: GNU/Linux



I just tried some plotting using fltk and qt in GUI and CLI mode.
There are substantial differences between the choices. It would
be helpful to users, I think, if they both followed similar

First, using fltk in either GUI or CLI:
if you click on the figure box
file -> save or save as (both behave the same way -- is this
intended??) you get a dialog box which shows under "look in"
the directory just ABOVE the current directory and in the box
for "filename" it shows the name of the current directory. If you
accept these defaults the plot is written to the directory above
the current one with the name "current_dir".pdf.  This does not seem to be a
helpful default setting. And, I could not find a way
to cause the directory to be changed to the current directory.

And, in GUI using qt the plot appears, but it lacks the choices
available under fltk, such as grid lines, etc. And, the choices
under "file" to save or save as are grayed out. So, the only
way to save a plot is print(xxx.pdf") which writes the PDF in
the current directory as expected.

It is clear that:
1. The default directory for file choices should be the
   current directory for both qt and fltk.
2. The default name for the plot file should NOT be the
   current directory name. A better choice might be like the
   heading shown on the plot: "Figure_nn"
3. It would be helpful if the file-> save and save as
   choices were available in GUI/qt mode as they are for fltk.

It seems to me that this should be considered as blocking
for the release since having users figure this out and then
changing it to something that makes more sense would be 
pretty disruptive.



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