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Re: [zigzag] Questions...

On Wed, Mar 20, 2002 at 06:28:47PM +0000, Richard Palmer wrote:
> Hi,
> I've been playing with gzigzag for a few days and have a lot of
> questions!. I've read through the docs and as much as the source code as
> I can grasp, but apologies if I ask something too stupid.
> - As I understand it from the docs the current default space is 'system
> space'? and users are not really meant to add cells to it. Is this
> correct? and if so where do users add their cells ( is this where slices
> come in?).

That's a big problem with gzz 0.6.

You *are* supposed to add your cells there, just don't put them on the
system list.

0.8, when it comes out will be quite different.

> - The various modules supplied all only work if the cells are laid out
> in the correct order ( e.g I had to read the source code to work out how
> to get the Mind module to generate output). Is their some way to force
> creation of cells in the required layout for a module or would users
> have to read the docs/code for each module to learn how to layout the
> cells?.

Ultimately, we want it to be as easy as possible. But note that various
parts of the client are at various stages of completion. Remember, this
is still alpha-stage software.

> - Could the direction keys take an optional repetion argument ala vi so
> you can move faster through a row of cells ( e.g. '10i'  moves 10 cells
> at a time. )

Yes, they could ;)

Of course, you do have the "End" modifier already.

> - Could there be special head cells that automatically create a new cell
> ( not clone) if the user moves the cursor in a direction which has no
> current connecting cell( i.e. replicators). Would be a quicker way to
> create lots of cells in a rank(right word?).


> - Can cells be marked read-only / un-deletable ?

At the moment, no. Should be possible later.

> - Is there a global cell text search ?

Not yet.

> - More docs and examples on modules please!.
> - Is there a way to see all the dimensions that a cell has connections
> on ( not just the current viewable 3). Trying to remember everything 
> you have attached to a cell is a bit difficult.

There's the compass view.

> - After adding a few dimensions it rapidly gets boring cycling through
>   them to change the current view. Is this something that can be changed
> or I am misunderstanding how it should work ( more than likely).

No misunderstanding. It needs a better UI design.

> Thats it for now. Its a really interesting program/project and I'd like
> to learn more and contribute, its just a bit frustrating trying to work
> it all out!.

Basically, we're working on it and are happy to answer any of your questions.
Like Ted said, we're changing the name to "gzz".

If you help with it, you might want to see the 0.8 code in CVS.
You're most welcome to participate.