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Re: dselect and its help messages

On Thu, Jan 13, 2005 at 11:00:26AM +0000, Colin Watson wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 13, 2005 at 11:54:56AM +0100, Domenico Andreoli wrote:
> > 
> > if the fact of hitting Enter to dismiss the help message confuses the
> > user at the point he instead commits changes, it looks like we need
> > another way to confirm rm -rf because people might be confused and wipe
> > the disk.
> No, it's not that. The point is that it's very easy - trivially easy,
> and often done - to hit Enter twice when you only meant to hit it once,
> and if you do that at dselect's help screen then you commit all its
> suggested changes to new packages without getting a chance to look at
> them. That's just terrible UI design.
> People often complain about dselect's user interface, but let's not make
> gratuitously bad UI decisions! Enter was explicitly avoided at the help
> screen when dselect was written for this exact reason, but this decision
> was forgotten when making the change.

now that i know about the expert mode, i agree with you. i was
complaining about a misuse of the interface.


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