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In comp.os.linux.advocacy, Snit wrote on Tue, 18 Apr 2006 09:34:17 -0700

Interesting. So one pulls down a desktop menu, which prompts the user for a filename. (That requester, BTW, should also show a location, but that's a detail; at this point a name is sufficient.)

So which is first? I could see several scenarios. This one's probably the one you're referring to here:

1 Bring up application. 2 Compose. 3 Print. 4 Dialog box gives option to "virtual printer"; select and close. 5 Close app. 6 Open New Message app. 8 Enter a name for file. 9 Attachment gets plopped into file.

(this one's a bit problematic as it's far from clear *which* of several possible virtual spool files gets printed).

This could also happen:

2 New Message pops up along with name request. 3 Enter name for file; "OK". 4 "Blank" marker gets plopped into file and-or a dialog box pops up saying "Please print a file to the attachment". 5 Bring up application. 6 Compose. 7 Print. 8 Dialog box gives, among other options, the name of the attachment specified in 3. 9 Print and close. 10 "Blank" marker converts into attachment.

(This might be the GUI equivalent of a Unix named pipe.)

Or:

1 Invoke mailer and New message. 2 Click on Attach. 3 File dialog pops up. 4 Click on desired file; OK, done. No virtual print occurs here unless the file is from a virtual spool area, in which case, the file is deleted after successful transference.

Or:

1 Open spool area. 2 Open directory containing PDF files. 3 Drag a PDF file to the spool area. 4 PDF file is copied and printer starts, if there's a printer attached to the spool. If not, it sits there. After awhile a daemon may prompt "You have files in a spool area but no printer configured for that area. Move to another printer Delete files Configure new printer". Or some such.

Or:

1 Bring up application. 2 Compose. 3 Print. 4 Dialog box gives option to "virtual printer"; select. 5 Name requester pops up; enter name and close. 6 PDF gets printed into general spool area. 7 Open general spool area using Finder. 8 Open New Message. 9 Drag 'n drop.

Or:

1 Open new message. 2 Open general spool area. Among the spools would be a "New Virtual PDF". 3 Drag "New Virtual PDF" to destination, and drop. This will not move the New Virtual PDF, but copy it; a name box will pop up at some point. (The duplication will be obvious. Note that dropping the copy back into the spool area will delete the copy but otherwise do nothing.) 4 "Blank" marker gets plopped into file and-or a dialog box pops up saying "Please print a file to the attachment". 5 Bring up application. 6 Compose. 7 Print. 8 Dialog box gives, among other options, the name of the attachment specified in 3. 9 Print and close. 10 "Blank" marker converts into attachment.

"Intuitive" interfaces make for interesting problems in GUI design. :-)

-- Windows Vista. Because everyone wants a really slick-looking 8-sided wheel.


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