Re: Debconf Templates Style Guide
On Fri, Oct 31, 2003 at 07:43:09PM +0100, Henning Makholm wrote:
> Scripsit Matt Zimmerman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > Of course it would, and I would never recommend doing so.
> So instead you're recommending an approach that forces the user to
> choose *before* reconfiguring between
> a) not being told what the maintainer thought was a sensible default
> b) not being told how he has currently configured the package
> I don't see why that would help anyone.
You aren't making sense. You said that the problem was that the user wanted
the safe defaults and couldn't tell what they were. I provided an idea for
a solution, which was to give the user an option to forget their current
configuration and confirm the safe defaults. Now you're complaining that
the user has too much choice.
> Which is not terribly helpful to a user who wants to make an informed
> choice *between* the safe default and his own prior customizations.
Writing a paragraph of text attempting to tell the user what the safe
default is, without making reference to any UI-specific widgets, is a waste
of time and space. Changing the debconf interface for the purpose of
creating a horrific UI which attempts to present the user with three sets of
options for each possible question would be equally silly.