True dialog windows

Tim Olson tim at
Mon Aug 24 15:41:10 UTC 1998

>Bob Arning said: 
>> On Sun, 23 Aug 1998 10:04:25 -0500 Tim Olson <tim at> wrote:=20
>> >>I may be missing something, but I don't see anything that looks like =
>> real=20
>> >>dialog window support in Squeak. Is there something available?
>> >
>> >The FillInTheBlank class provides dialog support for text entry, and=20
>> >SelectionMenu>>confirm: can be used for yes/no dialog boxes.
>> >
>Personally, I hate it when the system pops up a dialog and I can't use my
>system to determine the answer to the question it's asking.  "so, what do
>you want to name that file?" (No! You can't use the system to look at what
>other files you have in that directory!).

I agree -- modal dialog boxes of that type are evil -- EVIL I tell 'ya! 

Unfortunately FillInTheBlank and SelectionMenu are modal in just this way.
Much better are the type found in NeXTSTEP -- dialog boxes cause the 
application to wait for a response, but the box itself can be moved, and 
other applications and windows can be activated normally.  Much like the 
standard User Interrupt window in Squeak.

     -- tim

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