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Re: First impressions

From: Irene VATTON <Irene.Vatton@inrialpes.fr>
Date: Mon, 02 Apr 2001 08:56:31 +0200
Message-Id: <200104020656.IAA19007@tahiti.inrialpes.fr>
To: "rgmckenzie" <Language_Consulting@web.de>
cc: www-amaya@w3.org
> Dear Amaya programmers,
> I use Windows NT4.0 with SP 5.0.
> I have deinstalled Amaya (V. 4.2.1) because it repeatedly crashed.
> Unfortunately, there were no error messages, but the crashes seemed to be
> associated with opening and closing multiple windows, so I suspect a memory
> leak.

The 4.2.1 is a very old version. Normally this bug is fixed in 4.3.2

> Errors :
>      In the documentation : the Editor icon is greyed out, not crossed out,
> when the editor mode is inactive.

It's crossed out on the Unix version, but we didn't find how to change the icon
on Windows platforms.

>      Even though text has been marked, choosing "print marked text" prints
> the whole text.
>      Cancelling a print job results in an error window and the error message
>           "Error - Source:
>           GifCreate(2):pixmap =="

I suggest you to test the last version.

>      It may be that a long print job hangs.
> Suggested "improvements"
>      It would be nice to be able to print specific pages of a long web page
> (e.g., the documentation after "make book")

Probably yes, but this is not a high priority for us.

>      I would like for Amaya to make a backup copy (.bak, .wbk, ...)
> automatically. A user-defined number of
>      backup copies (.b01, .b02, ...) would be really nice.

Today Amaya has to do too many checks and transformations to do that 
>      One can not blame the project members for following Microsoft's example
> and requiring "normal" users to
>      have write and delete access to program and administrator directories,
> but I would prefer to be able to
>      separate program, data, and auxiliary files and to be able to assign
> rights to specific groups of users or groups of users.
>      Therefore, I suggest that Amaya use a central .ini file for those
> parameters which the must be centrally set and
>      for those parameters which the administrator wishes to centrally
> determine (i.e., override of locally set
>      parameters).

Amaya has a configuration file. This file is thot.rc.
>      In addition, I suggest either a list paths to the user directories in
> the central .ini file
>           (e.g.,
>           [JDoe]
>           C:\JDoe\Auxiliary\Amara
>           )
>      or
>           having the administrator set up a variable in the users
> "autoexec.bat" (e.g., amarya_user_root) and
>           installing the local option file(s), etc. in this directory. Based
> on a very recent experience, I would not like
>           to see Amaya crash or go into an endless loop if the file is not
> there, but instead fail gracefully and issue a
>           meaningful error message.
> Items which do not conform to the Windows standard (at least, until
> Microsoft adopts the method) are
>      The use of CTRL-w instead of ALT-F4 to exit the programm.
>      CTRL-p calls printer setup (I think it was printer setup) instead of
> printing.

Please see the last version 4.3.2.

> I like the appearance, and the functions seem to be OK, at least until a
> crash, so I'll keep checking amaya.com and try the next version when it
> comes out.

It's available from http://www.w3.org/Amaya/User/BinDist.html

> Yours,
> R. G. McKenzie

Received on Monday, 2 April 2001 02:56:38 UTC

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