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bug#4980: 23.1.50; In File > Quit GUI, add "Cancel", write "Save", and


From: Lennart Borgman
Subject: bug#4980: 23.1.50; In File > Quit GUI, add "Cancel", write "Save", and simplify
Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2009 00:38:16 +0100

On Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 12:05 AM, Jason A. Spiro <address@hidden> wrote:
> When I try to quit Emacs by clicking File > Quit, I see seven choices:
>
> (((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((
>
> Save file foo.txt?
>
> *  Yes
> *  No
> *  View This Buffer
> *  View Changes In This Buffer
> *  Save This But No More
> *  Save All Buffers
> *  No For All
>
> )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
>
> 1.  As dak wrote in 2008 at
> http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.emacs.devel/65537/focus=100634 there's
> no Cancel button.  "Closing the dialog window happens to achieve that
> ... but it is not really obvious."  Please add a Cancel button.


Aggeed.


> 2.  For the first choice, instead of writing "Yes", write "Save".
> Usability researchers have found that action verbs are always better
> when a list of choices is provided.  I can explain why if you require
> it.


Agreed. There is no reason for yes/no here. Use verbs to make it clear.


> 3.  The seven choices act as a confusing way to ask me which files to
> save.  Instead, as Joshua Juran <address@hidden> suggested to me in
> Freenode #macdev, you should use a dialog box like "gedit" uses (
> screenshot at http://omploader.org/vMnQzaw ; download gedit for
> Windows / Mac at http://projects.gnome.org/gedit/ ):

> (((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((
>
> [!] There are 2 document(s) with unsaved changes.
> Save before closing?
>
> Select the documents you want to save:
> | [x] foo.txt    |
> | [x] bar.txt    |
> |                |
> |                |
>
> If you don't save, your changes will be lost.
>                                                 ________     ______
> [ Close &without Saving ] [       &Cancel     ] [________&Save______]
>
> )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))


Yes, a dialog box is better. But it should be cross platform. No one
has yet tried to write this for w32. (I do not know for other
platforms.)


> Don't offer view-buffer or view-changes choices in a GUI.  You see, a
> GUI should be simple instead of listing every possible choice the user
> might conceivably want.  If the user wants to do so, they can click
> Cancel then do so themselves.


Not sure. This is for experienced users also. Fast ways are useful,
but maybe not when using dialog boxes.





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