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Re: Warning on unreleased versions.

From: John Darrington
Subject: Re: Warning on unreleased versions.
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 2016 07:44:33 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

On Sat, Feb 27, 2016 at 02:48:54PM -0800, Ben Pfaff wrote:
     I think that an appropriately worded notice can make all of this clear.
     For example:
         This is a development version of PSPP.  Please be alert to the
         likely possibility that it contain more bugs than a PSPP release.
         If you encounter bugs, please consider reporting them to the PSPP
         developers at address@hidden, to enable them to be fixed.

That would be ideal.  However it  won't fit on the title bar.

A number of people have suggested other possibilities:

1. In the output window after each operation.

   I don't think that is a good idea for several reasons: a) It would
   break all of our regression tests;    b) The user would not see it 
   until late - possibly until after he encounters a bug - if that bug
   causes a crash or a hang - then he won't see it at all.

2. On a translucent overlay permanently superimposed on the window.

   Effective, but perhaps too annoying.

3. On a second splash screen which needs to be acknowledged by the user
   This would probably work, but would mean extra coding - not only does
   that mean work for us, but it also means that what gets tested is not
   what gets delivered in a release.  I like to test what we deliver, and
   deliver what we test.


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