[plt-scheme] Servlet2 and standalone.ss

From: Philippe Meunier (meunier at ccs.neu.edu)
Date: Thu Oct 13 17:15:33 EDT 2005

Eli Barzilay wrote:
>On Oct 13, Shriram Krishnamurthi wrote:
>> > How about a much smaller change that is much easier to do
>> > (specifically, avoiding maintenance of a textbook->language alist):
>> > when the current select-your-language dialog comes up, don't have any
>> > default chosen, and disable the Next button until something is
>> > clicked?
>> Oh god.  The *only* saving grace in this solution is they will never
>> get the thing running, so they can't submit a bug report saying "I
>> can't do anything with your stupid environment".
>Huh?  The next reflex after the "Next Reflex" fails is to read the
>question and deal with the selection.

Hmmm, no, I'm definitely with Shriram on that one.  If my past
professional experience is any indication, there'll be three possible
"next reflex" (from most likely to least likely):

- they'll give up after 15 seconds and never look at DrScheme again,
but will forever complain about it every time the name comes up
anywhere on a mailing list or web site.

- they'll randomly click around until the "Next" button is somehow
enabled, and then the troubles will just move from "you need to
increase the language level" to "you can't run a Scheme program using
the Algol language level".

- they'll send an email to the plt-scheme mailing bitterly complaining
about all that installation nonsense and could someone please tell
them what they should click on next?

>Like these eula's that force
>you to check the "I've read this text" box before you can go on.

And have those things ever made you read the text?  My usual reflex is
to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the text as fast as I can
and just click on whatever button I think will get me to where I want
to go...


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