Re: messages from the WWW Library

Lou Montulli (
Mon, 5 Jul 93 21:15:26 CDT

> The error routine is void * ErrorAlert(short errorNumber, ...).
> Arguments following errorNumber are equivalent to printf. All the errors,
> and their reasons would be declared in a header file. There, arguments
> expected for each type of alert would be listed, as well as arguments
> expected to be returned from ErrorAlert. In case when user can take
> action upon error, an argument returned from ErrorAlert would specify
> the action to be taken.

Don't forget, not all messages are errors. There are progress messages like
"connecting to news host" and such. I also think that there should be much
more progress messages, at least as an option, to let the user know whats
going on. I don't mean trace mode, but something that shows at least
resonable progress.

We could use standards similar to, or the same
as X windows, with "informative" dialogs, "alert" dialogs, and "error"
dialogs. Alert dialogs could give the user a chance to respond, error
and informative dialogs would just inform, not query.


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