[PD] shouldn't message boxes work as gui elements?

Lorenzo lsutton at libero.it
Mon Feb 8 21:16:59 CET 2010

>> As for nonlocal send and receive on the current msg box: you've 
>> already got a nonlocal send by starting the message box with a 
>> semicolon. 
> That's a different thing. It's not just a matter of being able or not 
> being able to send a message to wherever, it is a matter of how the 
> box behaves.
> As a user, would you be happy if you were filling a form and there was 
> an input field with a label that says:
> "Please enter your name and surname, preceded by a semicolon, a 
> newline, the word 'name' in all lower case without quotes, and a white 
> space"?
> :)
> However, I think you are right in that the "gui-element message box" 
> (like a numberbox for messages) should probably be a different object 
> than the "traditional" message box, and (I add) it should probably not 
> allow semicolon and embedded-target-syntax (i.e. sending messages to 
> arbitrary targets included in the message itself) because you couldn't 
> in any possible way preventing the user to use it (involuntarily) to 
> send messages to the wrong target.
I think for some situations the ; method is handy at although it may 
look weird at first it's just another convention.

I do agree that the GUI-visible object should be something slightly 
different without the send and possibly with gui-customization options 
like other guis (colour, font etc).. In the end more like a button.


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