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Subject: Re: Jump scroll feature for player
From: c s (rb_dev_at_yahoo.com)
Date: 2003-05-23


--- Kjell Ericson <Kjell.Ericson_at_haxx.se> wrote:
> On Fri, 23 May 2003, c s wrote:
>
> > Interesting option that I'm sure *some* may want
> to use,
>
> It's not that bad :-(
>

I did not mean to imply that it was "bad", just that
it was a bit non-standard and confusing way of
displaying things and therefore should not be the
default mode. Even though splitting the display
mid-word can be confusing, I think its the best way
to do things because it offers the user a very fast
scroll method that some people may prefer over the
more standard but slower standard scrolling method.

Jump scroll actually works nicely in conjunction with
my "alternating wps lines" mod that I am working on.
In case you are not familiar with it, my alternating
wps lines mod lets you break items on a wps line into
two or more alternating line items that are displayed
in a similar manner to your jump scroll, but with the
user being able to specify the start point of each
jump.

However, even with my alternating wps lines mod, a
line is still scrolled before jumping to the next one
when one of the alternating wps lines that the user
has defined is longer than the display width, and
using both together would make your jump scroll mode
even more powerful as an optional scrolling method.

For example, in combining your jump scroll mode with
my optional alternating wps line mode, a wps line with
song title, artist, and album could be displayed like
this:

Artist
Long song t
itle text
Album name

As opposed to using jump scroll by itself which would
display the same information like this:

Artist Lo
ng song tit
le text A
lbum name

Using the two modes together will allow the user to
specify some logical jump points between the wps
items, and then jump scroll the parts that are still
too long to fit on one line.

I am finishing cleaning up my code for the alternating
sublines mod and am about to submit a patch, but a
while back I posted documentation and test executables
on my website for people to try and offer comments. If
you would like to take a look at it before I submit my
patch, check it out at:

http://home.pacbell.net/csath

=====
Craig

rb_dev_at_yahoo.com

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