Fwd: This whole File->Close debate

Subject: Fwd: This whole File->Close debate
From: John H. Raines, Jr. (raines@one.net)
Date: Thu Aug 30 2001 - 10:29:05 CDT

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So what I'm asking here is- OK, I'll make it a preference to either:
1) Open a new document after the last document is closed via file->close
be the default, but *easily* changable)
2) Just shut down Abiword after the last document is closed

But I want AbiWord to shut down on the last document when the 'X' button is
hit *without any user preference*. This decision is almost final from me, but I'm willing to hear some feedback.

Is this an acceptable solution? It's the best that I'm willing to compromise.
I'll close 1909, 1751, and 1911 then and consider this fixed.
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Having followed this thread pretty closely, I don't believe there is anyone who would object to a choice or preference as to the operation of the close command. It would be nice if the default setting reflected the majority of the user preference and not the programmers preference. ;-)

As to the X button, alas, if you follow its function, it appears to be a surrogate for the close command. That is, it closes the open document, but does not exit if there are multiple documents open. This seems pretty consistent with the SDI model, where, as far as I can tell, only the exit command operates on all documents. I'm not sure why the user preference shouldn't follow here also. That way you get what you want and other users get what they want.

On a separate topic, I agree with you, that the discussion on this topic did get tedious a few times. However, flames were held to a minimum & most of the discussion was on ideas. I might point out that if you go back & examine the credentials of the people discussing this, you will find that the project just got the benefit of 100's of years of direct user experience plus the input of trainers & managers who have dealt with 1000's of users of all varieties. In other words, Abiword was just the benefactor of what would amount to the thousands of dollars worth of market research in the commercial world. Thus, users are contributing to the project in a positive manner. At least, I hope the developers see it that way.

J. Raines

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