Re: Dry Run Mode, + W9X

From: Andreas Pflug <pgadmin(at)pse-consulting(dot)de>
To: Serguei Mokhov <mokhov(at)cs(dot)concordia(dot)ca>
Cc: pgadmin-hackers <pgadmin-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: Dry Run Mode, + W9X
Date: 2004-09-19 17:29:06
Message-ID: 414DC1E2.1060800@pse-consulting.de
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Serguei Mokhov wrote:
> Hello all,
>
> What do you people think of adding a so-called
> "dry run" mode to pgAdmin? Basically, what I want
> is to be able to step through all the dialogs and forms and
> the rest of the UI in some test mode so that I can
> see all the GUI elements and their appearance w/o
> actually performing any underlying operations.

This seems a good idea to support translators. But it has some caveats
which have to be considered while implementing. E.g. a dummy server may
not be written to the registry when exiting the app.
Many strings which are not easily understandable without context are
probably error messages. A translator would still have the problem "when
is this string xyz used".

Win9x support is still not implementable. Our weak 9x support is not a
database connection issue; it's the operating system lacking proper
unicode support, which is unfortunately *the* limiting factor for your
"dry mode" target audience.

Regards,
Andreas

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