Number: 1107

Date: 12-May-84 15':48':40

Submitter: Sannella.PA


Subject: ASKUSER should not always add "?" to prompt

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Status: Declined


Problem Type: Design - UI

Impact: Annoying

Difficulty: Easy

Frequency: Everytime

Priority: Unlikely

System: Programming Environment

Subsystem: Other



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Disposition: Askuser is such a crock that minor changes to it cannot make it better. Write your own prompter if you don''t like the ?.'
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Description: '
Date': 10 May 84 19':05 PDT'
Subject': Lisp': ? added to ASKUSER prompts?'
Lisp System Date':  7-May-84 16':18':26'
Machine': Dorado (Shrager)'
Microcode version': 24,4'
Memory size': 10000'
Frequency': n/a'
Impact': annoying'
I often want to use askuser to prompt options instead of asking something that sounds like a question.  Therefore, its habit of jamming a "?" on the end of the prompt field, constrains the sort of thing I can ask.  If  the user wants to have a "?" he can put on, but if he doesn''t want it, there isn''t any (easy) way to not put one.   Also, why is this the case, only with a list of promptstring items?  Are you expecting it to be used to simply select among a set of things?  I guess that''s reasonable but there should be a way to suppress the "?".  If there is, please let me know.'


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Edit-By: masinter

Edit-Date: 12-Sep-84 12':52':17