Re (IRC): 2.2.0 and auto-save
warlord at MIT.EDU
Thu Jul 5 10:56:48 EDT 2007
Chris Shoemaker <c.shoemaker at cox.net> writes:
>> Following this way of thought I would decide for choice #1, leave
>> as-is for 2.2.0. What do the other developers say?
> For better or for worse, we've conditioned users (me included) to
> expect that they can 1) open GnuCash, 2) make undesired changes for
> the purposes of exploration or experimentation, 3) close GnuCash w/o
> saving, and 4) re-open GnuCash with their data in exactly the state
> they last saved it.
* me too * :(
> Purely as a matter of politeness, I think it would be rude to change
> this behavior without any user action.
> Given the current difficulty of implementing a
> autosave-to-alternate-file behavior, I'd suggest the following:
> #4) (a refinement of #2) Leave auto-save enabled by default, but change
> the behavior slightly:
> - When autosave triggers prompt the user with:
> ==== Auto-save ====
> Do you want to auto-save your data file?
> [some explanation of the implications;]
> [explanation that this can be customized in Preferences]
> [Yes, just this once] [Yes, always] [No, not right now *] [No, never]
> * default
> Until either (a) the user sets something in the preferences, or (b) they
> choose one of the always/never options, then this dialog should continue to
> appear _every_ time the auto-save triggers.
> This means:
> - The original behavior is one click away (No, never).
> - The fully automated auto-save behavior is one click away (Yes, always).
> - It leaves the user the option of full control. (with or w/o further dialog)
> - Even users that don't want autosave may appreciate the reminder to save
> manually, (or they can avoid it, if not).
> - It allows the use of the autosave feature even in cases where the user
> wants to make unsaved changes.
> In any case, I am against changing the default setting in a way that
> requires long-time users to set a Preference in order to restore the
> behavior they've become used to, and at least some find useful. OTOH,
> I think auto-save is a very compelling feature we should make very
> easy to enable.
> So, I'm fine with #2, #3, or #4, but not with #1.
I like this option #4, too. I'm also with Chris here with #2, #3, or
#4 but not #1. I think I'd prefer #4, then #3, then #2.
> And, thanks for the nice feature, Christian. :)
DEFINITELY agreed! Thank you, Christian!
Derek Atkins, SB '93 MIT EE, SM '95 MIT Media Laboratory
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