Subject: Re: AbiWord file association capture - opinions?
From: Niel de Beaudrap (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Jan 18 2002 - 18:13:44 CST
John Shelby wrote:
> I'm just wondering what people think about the default setup for the Windows
> version of Abiword, which now by default "captures" the file associations
> for .rtf and .doc documents.
> When this first happened (with AbiWord 0.9.4 if I remember rightly) and I
> simply installed with the defaults I was dismayed to find that AbiWord had
> taken over file associations that I didn't want it to interfere with.
Of course, AbiWord is a step more civilised than the majority: most
programs don't even ask! But I agree. It should be and option which is
activated upon the request of the user.
> Personally I would prefer that the default setting for installation of
> AbiWord were to have the file association "radio button" left unchecked, so
> that the user needs to make a deliberate decision to change the file
> associations for .rtf and .doc.
This is what I would say. Make it so the user must make a conscious choice.
If at all possible, it would make sense to make that choice easily
reversible later on as well. Operations such as this should be easily
reversed by the user. Too few programs actually operate that way these
Niel de Beaudrap
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