Re: Close/Exit Votes

Subject: Re: Close/Exit Votes
From: Scott Bingman (
Date: Wed Aug 29 2001 - 19:51:53 CDT

Phil Stracchino wrote:

> On Wed, Aug 29, 2001 at 06:27:03AM -0400, John H. Raines, Jr. wrote:
>> A voting update regarding the Close/Exit debate, for those that haven't looked:
>> 1751 - Open new document when closing last document. 236
>> 1911 - Close with dialogue when closing last document. 35
>> 1909 - Close program when closing last document (current behavior). 59
> Gaaah! And 75% of the votes are for the most irrational and
> counter-intuitive behavior of all!
> For heaven's sake, *why not make it a preference setting*???? Provide the
> functionality to do any of the three, and let the users pick which way
> they want their copy to behave. Since there's obviously wide difference
> of opinion about this, trying to force everyone into a one-size-fits-all
> box is just going to drive away those for whom it doesn't.
I proposed the dialogue box idea as a compromise to allow users choice.
But, I can see where the votes are going and the wisdom in it. A
dialogue box isn't needed if Abi presents a new window automatically,
and on close it is the expected behavior (for the "counter-intuitive"
masses who voted 4 to 1).

Put an "Exit AbiWord when closing last document" checkbox in
Tools->Preferences->Preference Schemes for those who want close to exit
Abi (for the intuitive few who like Abi just the way it is).

I like it!
Scott Bingman

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