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RE: Setup window size: a suggestion
- From: "Gary R. Van Sickle" <g dot r dot vansickle at worldnet dot att dot net>
- To: <cygwin at cygwin dot com>
- Date: Sun, 8 Sep 2002 12:45:52 -0500
- Subject: RE: Setup window size: a suggestion
> I was searching for something in the list archives, and came upon this old
> thread: http://sources.redhat.com/ml/cygwin/2001-11.t/msg00108.html
> This seems to indicate that the setup window size was once larger than
> 640x480 (but still fixed, I assume).
Each page was its own separate dialog box, and hence had its own size. This
caused a number of other problems which the current property sheet-based UI
solves (z-order madness, window state non-persistence, etc).
> All of the (relatively) recent setup
> window size discussions resulted in something like "it would be too hard
> to make the setup window resizeable".
Not "too hard", but certainly "way harder than it needs to be". I worked on
this last night in fact; too bad I wasn't loaded, or I'd probably have this
working by now ;-).
> So, here's a suggestion: include either a command-line option, or another
> set of radio buttons or a select box in setup that would let people select
> from pre-defined window sizes. Granted, this is a hack, and not as
> flexible as allowing resizing, but it will do for most people who
> requested resizing, and eliminates the problem with having to re-compute
> the positions of controls on resize.
> This doesn't seem too hard to implement... Or am I missing something?
You're missing something ;-). Resizing the window is in fact easy; getting the
"Back/Next/Finish/Cancel" buttons and the separator to cooperate is a collossal
PITA. Windows property sheets, it is abundantly clear, were never intended to
be resized dynamically or otherwise once all the pages had been added.
So, as a wise man once said, "the impossible will take a little longer".
Gary R. Van Sickle
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