As Sheet Dialog

Joe Lewis Wilkins pepetoo at
Mon Jan 3 13:18:31 EST 2011


I appreciate ALL of your comments. The problem is that I want my application to be as Mac-Like as possible, since the standard Window's implementations are really bad. It's more important that the user be able to SEE and READ what I'm presenting than to conform to other Window's applications. I've taken all of this into consideration. I think we've bowed to M$ far too long. I don't plan to do so any longer. Yeah, I'm bull-headed in this respect. Lose sales because of it? I think not. The users will rave at how much easier to use it is; and ON their PCs! Window's Dialogs are their very WORST feature. What I'm doing looks great. If I get complaints, I'll deal with them; even look forward to them! (smile) I've fought the Mac vs PC battle for about 25 years. Those miscreants that didn't stick with their Macs are starting to come back. And the gut-level aversion to which you refer is more likely "Mac-envy Denial".

Thanks as always!

Joe Lewis Wilkins
Architect & Director of Product Development for GSI

On Jan 3, 2011, at 9:59 AM, J. Landman Gay wrote:

>> In my current app I'm attempting to mitigate the very small text
>> dialogs that appear in the Windows' version of applications by rolling
>> my own. Some Dialogs such as the page setup present some major
>> challenges to doing this, but with others it's not really much of a
>>> problem; however, I would like the ones that I do create make their
>> appearance as sheets. Can that be done?
> A couple of points: the dialogs will be the same size as the customer is used to, because they are pulled from the OS directly. They probably will not appear small to your users, they will look like every other app's dialogs.
> Second, sheets are a Mac-only feature. For those Windows users who have a gut-level aversion to anything Mac (and there are plenty of those,) you may offend by implementing a sheet window. Most users want their software to conform to the interface that is standard for their operating system, and software is usually judged by how well it does that. If you mess up their expected interface, they'll scream "this is a Mac port!", just as Mac users turn up their noses at software that is obviously ported from Windows.
> The more you allow the OS to manage your windows and interface elements, the better your software will be perceived by its users. Another big advantage is that LiveCode does all the work and you don't have to worry about how your windows and buttons look, LiveCode will take care of all that.
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