One of the interesting things about gui applications is that most people who use them a lot rely on keystroke combinations rather than the mouse to do things they do frequently. My wife uses CAD software in her work. For the last few years she's been using a high end parametric product that has almost no hot key combinations. She's gotten so frustrated that she's started counting the number of mouse clicks required to do things that would have been a few keystrokes in AutoCad. In terms of utility and ease of use, I don't think we've seen much progress since Wordstar. The company formerly known as Borland's old Turbo Vision text based user interface framework (which they used in their own products) was as well designed and easy to use as most graphical applications. I still miss X-Tree. It did things you just can't do with windows. There's an ad for a green screen conversion product that's been running in the trade mags for a few months now that shows before and after screen shots. One thing I noticed is that the after screen (much prettier and more colorful) doesn't have all the information the before screen did. Pigs are intelligent, clean, friendly animals. My mother said that the only thing you had to worry about with pigs was getting between the pig and the fence when you were petting one because they like to rub against you. > -----Original Message----- > From: Martin, Booth [mailto:BoothM@goddard.edu] > Sent: Thursday, October 28, 1999 7:16 AM > To: 'MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com' > Subject: RE: AS/400 vs. NT > > > I accept all that you say excepting with the issue of > appearance. Now that > I've seen shadow line windows, pushbuttons, radio buttons, > subfiles w/scroll > bar, and clickable selections I am convinced that green > screen does not have > to be a pig. > > I am convinced we have the ability to be more competitive > with text-based > screens than we are allowing ourselves to be. > > > +--- | This is the Midrange System Mailing List! | To submit a new message, send your mail to MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com. | To subscribe to this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-SUB@midrange.com. | To unsubscribe from this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-UNSUB@midrange.com. | Questions should be directed to the list owner/operator: firstname.lastname@example.org +---
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