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Re: [Bug-XBoard] ics input box appears automatically

From: diffset
Subject: Re: [Bug-XBoard] ics input box appears automatically
Date: Wed, 04 Jul 2012 13:02:27 +0200
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Am Dienstag, 3. Juli 2012, 19:15:57 schrieben Sie:
> At 10:52 3-7-2012 +0200, you wrote:
> >  I strongly vote for
> >the input box being visible only if it is explicitely requested from the
> >menu or the command line.
> Well, you are out-voted on that. But the behavior  could be made
> subject to a persistent option, e.g. -autoBox true|false.

Then I strongly vote for -autoBox true|false instead ;) Especially since
the input box obviously steals the focus (without coming into
foreground, at least with my window manager settings) so that the second
letter I type isn't subject to evaluation as a shortcut for an ics
command. E.g. I frequently type "q" for resign (too often I have to) and
then "r" for rematch. Now I always wonder why there is no reaction by my
opponent. But of course my "r" just sits in the input box doing nothing.

Some additional thoughts: I never particularly liked the input box. In
order for it to be useful it had better be part of a window which also
displays the stuff coming from ics. But then there is a perfect way to
achieve that without the input box and which I use all the time: rlwrap.
It lets you use the readline library, e.g. it takes care of command line
history in a much better way than the input box. Somehow it's not the
unix philosophy to reinvent the wheel. I admit that the input box may
have been around before rlwrap but rlwrap is a much cleaner and portable
alternative. So there is no reason to now force the input box on
everybody. Maybe it is needed for winboard but for xboard (which I use)
it is definitely obsolete.
> >And what about the "."?
> "." was not a suitable character for that anymore, as it is quite common
> one has to send a line to the ICS that starts with ".". So this function
> was migrated to <Tab>. (Or was it <Enter>? Anyway, one works on
> WinBoard, the other on XBoard.)

Okay it's unfortunately <Enter> instead of <Tab> on xboard. Is there any
way to swap it? Holding the mouse with my right hand <Tab> is more
conveniently typed with the left.

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