threat of GUI takeover

chris burgess (
Sun, 9 Aug 1998 23:21:27 +1200 (NZST)

i've been using tkdesk instead of wharf recently, and was delighted to
find useful tools built into it like the sound and xpm selectors. i say
yes to a GUI editor! i find it hard to remember not to use xv, but when i
do it's delightful. the icon selector (and built-in sound, colour and font
selectors which i haven't used) are simple, functional extensions to
tkdesk's basic built-in text editor.

of course, having a GUI editor included in AS means that every copy of vi,
xemacs and pico will be automatically upgraded to microsoft word 98, which
needs two service packs to open legacy TEXT format files and still can't
save them except in BIFF format. if you don't like the sound of this, i
urge you to object loudly to the prospect of a GUI editor, or you'll end
up running AS underneath a pretty tricky VB macro next week.

i believe there's a difference between selecting one of a hundred odd xpms
for my xemacs icon and churning out kernel code. i'm happy to build my
desktop visually, thanks, and feel no shame. your mileage may vary.

chris burgess