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Re: [XBoard-devel] beta version

From: Tim Mann
Subject: Re: [XBoard-devel] beta version
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2009 19:47:57 -0700

I agree the WinBoard startup dialog is nasty, and both WinBoard and
xboard should be reorganized so that you can switch between all the
different modes, change engines, etc., at runtime from the normal
menus.  The startup dialog was an attempt to be more user-friendly than
xboard is without doing that big a reorganization.  It was successful
at that, I think, but still not a good thing.

On Tue, 14 Jul 2009 09:55:46 +0200, "h.g. muller" <address@hidden> wrote:
> I agree that XBoard does not yet behave at all like a user-friendly program 
> at all.
> But remedying this with a script is tantamount to distributing the code of 
> XBoard
> over two levels, of different implementation. If we really want this 
> behavior we should
> program this into XBoard, and not go to a hybrid implementation of scripts 
> and C code.
> That is a kludge that people would employ because they have no access to 
> the source
> code.
> I could add to that that I think the WinBoard startup dialog is an 
> abomination. It is very
> bad to have features that can only be selected at startup time. There is no 
> reason at all
> why people should not be allowed to switch engine without restarting. The 
> engine choice
> should happen in the normal menus, not in some startup dialog. Eliminating 
> the startup
> menu is definitely an item on my to-do list.

Tim Mann  address@hidden  http://tim-mann.org/

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