[squeak-dev] The Inbox: Morphic-kfr.731.mcz

tim Rowledge tim at rowledge.org
Tue Jul 8 16:44:56 UTC 2014

On 08-07-2014, at 9:29 AM, Chris Muller <ma.chris.m at gmail.com> wrote:
> Besides that, I'm kind of stunned that you would believe
> one-flash-fits-all.  I never needed ANY flash for Reuse Windows, but I
> could tolerate a single flash when a window was already open.  A
> double flash though?  That could get annoying to see that every time a
> window is topped.

I don’t think a flash is suitable at all for the usage originally discussed. It’s transitory (too much so when implemented simply, as we’ve seen) and minimally informative. Adding something with tab-like functionality would be much more useful as a way to improve stacked-up multi-windows. It’s an idiom already understood widely, with easily intuitable purpose and behaviour.

A simple flash has some value in a debugging scenario - it’s not a bad way to show an area marked for redrawing, for example, when trying to make sense of why something isn’t redrawing properly. And in that case a Delay is a perfectly tolerable way to make it last long enough to see on a fast machine.

tim Rowledge; tim at rowledge.org; http://www.rowledge.org/tim
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