Auxiliary Windows

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James Golick

09 Sep, 2009 07:53 PM

Whenever one of these auxiliary windows pops up (like for logs, or a picture), it's impossible to tell what cmd-w is going to do. Sometimes, it closes the aux window. Sometimes, it closes the chat room.

It's a very annoying problem, because it means I have to resort to using my mouse to close windows. I close my chat rooms 3 or 4 times every day by accident...

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by trevor on 09 Sep, 2009 08:23 PM

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    Hi James,

    I've become seriously annoyed with all of the additional windows and the inadvertent command-w has bitten once or twice too.

    First of all, a little ease to your pain: use the esc key to dismiss the image auxiliary windows.

    The next feature release of Propane will include a reworked 'view paste' window to behave like an auxiliary window (escape dismisses).

    I'm also working on a rewritten interface for historic chats - a single window will contain the transcript listing, (server) search results, plus any full-day transcripts you open.

    It strikes me that maybe I should consider redefining the hotkeys to make it that much harder to close chats... something like command-shift-w to close the whole chat window and command-shift-c to close the chat (command-w would still close non-chat windows).

    It's non-standard, but it would be a lot less rude.

    By the way, thanks for taking the time to tell me about UX failures like this - knowing how often you accidentally close a chat really helps to frame the issue.

    Regards, Trev

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