[squeak-dev] Default preferences

Thiede, Christoph Christoph.Thiede at student.hpi.uni-potsdam.de
Sat Nov 27 18:31:00 UTC 2021

Hi Marcel,

> There is no need to change the default values for the preferences that are in the PreferenceWizardMorph.

Not yet convinced. :-) The preference wizard is undeniably a very helpful tool for customizing your image, but going through all the pages still costs me some time. If there is any preference we can make more convenient by default, this will also make the Squeak setup more convenient for people.

In addition, in many contexts, the preference will not show up in prepared images for a specific application or Etoys project.

What can we lose by conducting this discussion? :-)



Von: Squeak-dev <squeak-dev-bounces at lists.squeakfoundation.org> im Auftrag von Taeumel, Marcel
Gesendet: Dienstag, 23. November 2021 09:44:29
An: squeak-dev
Betreff: Re: [squeak-dev] Default preferences

Hi all --

There is no need to change the default values for the preferences that are in the PreferenceWizardMorph. Let's focus on whether some interesting preferences are missing from that morph and on the values for preferences not in that morph.


Am 23.11.2021 00:13:44 schrieb tim Rowledge <tim at rowledge.org>:

>> 1. Windowing
>> Personally, the first thing I do in every new image is to enable these prefs:
>> "mouse over for keyboard focus", "open tools attached to mouse cursor", "windows' contents are always active".
>> Do I belong to a minority of Squeakers or could we satisfy a majority of Squeakers by turning on these prefs by default?

Well *I* wouldn't be happy with them but then I immediately load my prefs file anyway so maybe I wouldn't even notice.

> For myself I'd add "Embed a Transcript in a Workspace" because I use and move both around the screen all the time; and frankly, since my first encounter with Squeak I always wondered why I have to open two tools, one of which has a totally nuts name, in order to be able to print "Hello" ;)

But a Transcript is fundamentally different to a Workspace; the former is for the system to tell you what is going on, not for scribbling notes.

>> 4. Editing
>> - Auto enclose brackets -> #beforeSpaces (see [1], pending. Inserting a bracket pair () right before a character just feels pretty useless to me.)
>> - Enclose selection with brackets -> true

Again, very not OK for me.

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