[duxhelp] Re: Embosser setup woes

  • From: "Jack Maartman" <jmaartman@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2005 10:43:10 -0800

Hi Peter:

Can you help me understand this.  There is a strong possibility that I can
make my 40-cell braille display emulate anything, as I have both printed to
file and printed directly to the device, using an 8-mb file--well as you
know I am a megalomaniac in my spare time.  To give myself a bit more
credit, I have designed large reference works in a single file that allow me
to access any part of the book with a single-keystroke.

gMy first question is whether, document settings actually appear in some
form in the .dxb file, asuming one could decompile it and find it in the
code.  If not is there a separate file created to store document settings.
In otherwords, if embossing a series of documents under one embosser,
different from what is in global settings, do I have to configure each
document, or can I use the settings from a previous document.

Embosser set-up has been a challenge for everyone, and usually, when I set
up to do a task, I forget what I have learned because I have no need to
practice.  As I have no deadlines, I should be able to explore this
systematically, but I need some directives.

Cheers

Jack

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Peter Sullivan" <peter@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: <duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2005 9:17 AM
Subject: [duxhelp] Re: Embosser setup woes


> Joanie, George, Warren, et al,
>
> Let's start fresh for a moment.
>
> I've a pretty good idea that you all (and others) are looking for several
> changes.  Most of these are not closely related to one another.  So, to
try
> to keep the conversation from getting snarled, I'd like to stick to one
> topic at a time.  I'll propose a specific change (or a mutually-exclusive
> list of possible changes), and you can let me know what you think.
>
> The first thing is how to define the purpose of Global, Embosser Setup.
>
> Clearly (I think) Document Embosser Setup is there to edit
"document-sticky"
> settings.
>
> At present, Global, Embosser Setup has but one main purpose: to edit
> "user-sticky" settings that are used when opening a DBT 10.4 document, or
> importing a new document using a template that doesn't contain any
> document-sticky settings.
>
> It seems that people really want and expect Global, Embosser Setup to edit
> "embosser-sticky" settings.  It just doesn't do that.
>
> But both Global, Embosser Setup and Document, Embosser Setup allow
> management of a list of embossers.  Using this functionality, one can step
> from either Embosser Setup dialog into a "Configuration Definition"
dialog,
> where it is possible to edit at least one "embosser-sticky" setting: the
> default paper size.
>
> Now, if we were to put "embosser-sticky" settings into Global, Embosser
> Setup, and make no other changes, we'd have a redundant UI: default paper
> size could be set in either of two places.
>
> My first question is what is best to do about this?
>   1. Ignore the redundancy,
>   2. Add additional redundancy by also putting default margin, cells per
> line, and lines per page settings into the "Configuration Definition"
> dialog,
>   3. Eliminate the redundancy by removing "Default paper size" from the
> "Configuration Definition" dialog, or
>   4. Eliminate the redundancy by removing the margin, cells per line,
lines
> per page, and page size controls in Global, Embosser Setup, or
>   5. Something else?
>
> My preference is for option #4, because this leaves the "embosser-sticky"
> nature of these settings most obvious.  Specifically, we could move
"Default
> Form" to a new panel ("Default Document") along with the new controls.
> However, I can already feel the criticism: this interface is then too
spread
> out.
>
> My second preference is for option #2.
>
> What do you prefer?
>
> - Peter
>
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