Number: 1421

Date: 14-Jun-84 15':00':23

Submitter: Sannella.PA


Subject: TEDIT should use DLion keys like Star

Assigned To: 

Attn: sybalsky

Status: Wish


Problem Type: Design - UI

Impact: Moderate

Difficulty: Moderate


Priority: Hopefully

System: Text

Subsystem: TEdit



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Description: '
Description':The current layout of TEdit doesn''t look at all like the way that '
Star uses the extra function keys. I think that the Star or XDE design is just '
fine for most of them. In particular, using Larger/Smaller to change font size,'
using Font to pop up a menu of choices (maybe with some chance of typing in a '
new font name in a pop-up prompt window), using Superscript/Subscript (may '
require moving lock/unlock elsewhere), using "Next" to hit next fillin slot, '
and shift-Next to hit previous one, using the "Find" button to invoke Find, '
etc. These interface engineering tasks are imperative for the acceptance of '
TEdit, even though they don''t affect the ''engine'' underneath. The lack of these'
kinds of features is probably the major motivation for the retrograde movement '
to the weaker EMacs interface. While we need EMacs for other reasons, we '
shouldn''t let it win for stupid reasons. There''ve been a variety of complains '
from users about this. My rough cut on design is "Make it look like Star or '
XDE, since that is what they designed the keyboard for."'


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Edit-By: Sybalsky

Edit-Date: 19-Jun-84 12':48':18