Re: Fwd: This whole File->Close debate

Subject: Re: Fwd: This whole File->Close debate
From: Randy Kramer (
Date: Thu Aug 30 2001 - 12:14:50 CDT

John H. Raines, Jr. wrote:
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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
> (will
> 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. ;-)

If you read it again, I think you'll find that Dom is planning to make
the default setting reflect the majority of the user preference -- the
default will be to open a new document, not to shut AbiWord down.

> 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.

Again, read carefully -- Dom plans to close AbiWord *on the last
document* when X is pressed, not when more than one document is open.

Hope this helps,
Randy Kramer

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