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Suggestion: Improve readability of chat buffer

Apr 24, 1998, 9:32pm
It is really annoying that new chats scroll the chat window to
the bottom. Often I miss some chats, sometimes for a few minutes
and wish to go back and catch up.

I try to hold the mouse button down on the scroll bar as I move up,
but even that doesn't work nicely. The window still scrolls down,
and the mouse needs to jiggle the scroll bar to get it to come back.

The current implementation discourages people from trying to catch
up on chats. Yes, even though it has probably been this way forever.
A change could make people more inclined/able to stay with a
converstation, even when their eyes are not glued to the screen.

Here are some ideas, though I understand the windows interface
imposes some limitations.

1. When the mouse has dragged the scroll bar but the button has
not come up, do not scroll the window input.

2. Add to Options->Settings->Chat a toggle for
[x] Chat window does not scroll to bottom on input.
If the scroll bar is moved from bottom and left there, new input will
update the size of the scroll bar, but not move the section of the
buffer currently viewed.

This is a little tricky because it requires the program be alerted
when the scroll bar is moved up from the bottom, and then back,
so that it knows to continue sending input and scrolling the screen
like normal. It combines suggestion 1.

3. Add a pop-up for right button click on the chat window area.
The popup could have a toggle that switches between suggestion 1
and the current implementation. This is kind of a cop-out for
not implementing 2, but still providing the functionality of 1.

Devon

Suggestion: Improve readability of chat buffer

Apr 25, 1998, 11:37am
True, the "freeze" feature TZ suggested is less optimal, but
if the alternative is perhaps no feature change at all...
given that Roland was humble enough to admit he had made some
attempts at more optimal features, it might still be a useful
fourth alternative.

The best GUI implementation I can think of right now is the right
click on the text window to get a popup with a toggle on it.

Devon

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