[duxhelp] Re: Embosser setup woes

  • From: "Joanmarie Diggs" <joanmarie.diggs@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2005 17:09:14 -0500

Hi Peter.  With respect to the issue of redundancy in dialog box controls,
my preference first and foremost is to eliminate it.  So I'm not jazzed
about option 1, and my last choice would be option 2.  That leaves 3 and 4,
and I can live with either one, so if you really like 4, I say go for it.
<smile>  But my vote would be for item 3 because I like having the chars per
line, lines per page, and margins right there in front of me for the
currently-selected embosser.  I can inspect them and, if I am understanding
you correctly, change them without having to venture off into the
Configuration Definition dialog box.

Take care.
Joanie

> -----Original Message-----
> From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
> [mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Peter Sullivan
> Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2005 12:17 PM
> To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> 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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