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Re: Automatic switch between browse and edit

From: E.E. Mellor <eem21@cam.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 15:00:01 +0000 (GMT)
To: Corne Beerse <beerse@ats.nld.alcatel.nl>
cc: Irene.Vatton@inrialpes.fr, Amaya w3 <www-amaya@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.95q.990120145307.16614B-100000@red.csi.cam.ac.uk>
On Wed, 20 Jan 1999, Corne Beerse wrote:

> Irene.Vatton@inrialpes.fr wrote:
> > 
> > In-reply-to: Your message of Wed, 20 Jan 1999 10:48:37 +0100."
> >              <36A5A674.CECBB885@ats.nld.alcatel.nl>
> > > Verry nice, the switch between edit and browse mode. One question on it: Can
> > > it be automatic?
> > >
> > > I think of the nedt options:
> > > If the file (on read) is readonly, switch to browse mode
> > > If the file (on read) is writable, switch to edit mode
> > >
> > >
> > > Files fetched with from internet should be regarded as 'readonly' by
> > > default, except for given domains: in the thotrc file: "writable domains".
> > > With respect to this, the domain ftp://user:passwd@host.domain/ is an other
> > > domain as ftp://host.domain/.
> > >
> > > Once the file is saved (with save as) it is a new (writable) file and a
> > > switch to edit mode is expected accordingly.

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This behaviour seems sensible to me, too; those who only use Amaya to edit
will find that the behaviour is exactly as it was before (always
read-write), whilst those that browse will gain the benefits of read-only

I have recently been thinking that I would like Amaya to change certain
factors of its behaviour when in read-only (browsing) mode.  For example,
following links and pressing buttons could be single-click actions instead
of double-clicks.  The toolbar could also change.  For example, the save
button could be replaced by a "home" button.  These features would make
Amaya more comfortable to use when browsing.  All of the functionality
could of course be activated or deactivated depending upon the user's

I think that the automatic RO/RW switch would complement such features,
and that such a switch is acceptable.

> If Amaya has a statement on it, I'm only one user vote to change this.

Vote 2 :-)

Ewan Mellor.
Received on Wednesday, 20 January 1999 10:01:22 UTC

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