straw-man 3.2 default preferences

Hannes Hirzel hannes.hirzel.squeaklist at
Fri Apr 19 08:48:28 UTC 2002

Bijan Parsia <bparsia at> wrote:

> More to the point, can we have a couple of default sets of prefs? The
> Classic Squeak look (which means *square* windows and menus, *of course*
> :)) and the New Fangled Slick Sell Out default look? :)

Yes I think it would be an excellent idea to have the two buttons in the
preferences panel to restore defaults:

- restore default (classic look)   - more or less conservative settings
for people unfamiliar with
                                        Squeak: lowers barrier of entry.
I can do small utility programs
                                        (in the sense of Information
Center Applications)
                                        in Squeak without the need of
explaining to much to the user.

- restore default (Squeak look)  - brings up the colorful, experimental,
research  aspect. 
                                        Many people like this as well. I
heard people saying
                                        "wow this is nice - what can I
do with this", when they 
                                        first saw a Squeak screen in
full screen mode on my
                                        laptop. It  demonstrates the
user interfaces  c a n 
                                        be made in different ways, that
alternatives are possible and
                                        that Squeak is mallable.

Going for just one set of default settings poses a question which can
not actually be solved
because of to many contradicting goals.

>From the programming side I don't think that it takes a lot of effort to
do two sets. For the discussion here it helps to come to an agreement
more easily if we go for two sets of "standard" preferences.


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