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Re: [ui-best-practices-working-group] Modal dialogs

The conclusion seems to be that it's not.

Sorry, I guess I didn't give a direct enough answer. I think it is. Flipping the modal flag would take a couple hours. Fixing the shell parenting code on GTK would take a day or two, tops. Both are easy tasks.

If we want to experiment with my edilog metaphor, it took me about a month to write the original library and I could probably reproduce it in less time than that, particularly if I could build on top of the E4 DI code (I asked a question about this on the UI mailing list).

If we want to create a notification framework for Eclipse (to replace dialogs opened by background threads), there's a bug open for evaluating and porting the Mylyn notification framework to the Eclipse platform. A couple developers could probably finish this up in about a week.

All of these are tasks that would go a long way to eliminating both dialog boxes and modes, and they're all things a single developer could tackle in a reasonable amount of time.

On Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 8:03 AM Mickael Istria <mistria@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On 09/20/2016 05:00 PM, Stefan Xenos wrote:

However, just flipping the modal flag won't really address the more serious UX issues caused by the presence of dialog boxes. If I were to write my own patch here I'd be inclined to spend my time replacing the dialogs rather than simply making them nonmodal.
Just to be clear: I don't plan to work on it soon. It was just asking to evaluate whether this discussion is easily actionable. The conclusion seems to be that it's not.

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