On 09 Dec 2002 12:44:31 +0100, Sven Neumann <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> Joshua D Boyd <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> > I'm sorry, I must have missed it.  Was the plan to have MDI as an
> > option, or to make everything MDI only?
> 
> there is no such plan. Raphael is only discussing some ideas he has.
> We might add an option to have a menu-bar per display but Raphael will
> have a hard time to convince Mitch and me to add any kind of MDI
> interface with windows in windows, not even optional.

I expected that you and Mitch would be against it.  ;-)  I was
originally against it as well, because this is hard to implement in
GTK (or X11 in general) and other environments (Windows) seem to be
moving away from the MDI model.  However, I have changed my mind since
then.

I will add some comments about that in bug #7379 so I recommend that
you take a look at http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=7379 for
more details, but in summary let's say that after reading some
documents about user interface guidelines, I think that the WiW MDI
model would be appropriate for the GIMP (as an option, of course).

The GIMP is currently using a Controlled Single Document Interface
(CSDI) and would not work well with a modal MDI for the images (tabbed
interface like in Mozilla or gedit) but it would work well with a WiW
MDI like in Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro or most other painting tools.
There are several reasons for that.  I am in a hurry for the moment
so I cannot write a longer mail (sorry!) but I will try to add some
comments later today in bug #7379.

Best regards,
-RaphaŽl
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