Re: insert / overwrite mode

From: Alan Horkan (
Date: Mon Jan 20 2003 - 11:16:24 EST

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    On Mon, 20 Jan 2003, wrote:

    > Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2003 00:22:49 -0600
    > From: "" <>
    > To:
    > Subject: Re: insert / overwrite mode
    > I would hazard a guess that people don't put it into
    > overwrite mode on purpose very often. So if it's in

    That is my thinking too, but with out some sort of reliable data Dom does
    not think it is significant enough for there to be an interruption.

    > overwrite mode, it's probably an error. Given this,
    > I think it makes sense to consider various ways of
    > making it extremely obvious what the situation is.

    > We programmers are accustomed to using confirmation
    > dialogs or anything like that with something like this,
    > but when I've done so users seem to like it. For example,
    > one program I wrote has an extensive options dialog
    > and people often leave it open and change options as
    > they work. They'd forget to hit "Apply", so now the
    > "OK" and "Apply" buttons start flashing when you change

    This is why in Gnome they avoid the use of "Apply" instead everything is
    instant apply where possible and they include a revert button.

    > something and continue to flash until you choose
    > OK, Apply, or Cancel. It looks kind of goofy to me, but
    > users love it. Perhaps a big red icon at the upper left near

    i would prefer to avoid inventing anything non standard.

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