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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • by clintp (2) on 2005.05.10 8:28 (#40289)
    I know it's a design guideline for the Windows teams (long web page about this somewhere, can't find at the moment) that basically says: if the user won't understand the message and/or there's nothing they can do about it, there's no point in prompting them.

    The discussion came out of the installer asking questions like "I've found a different version of FOO.DLL, would you like to replace it?". Grandma isn't going to understand that. Even someone with experience might not be sure how to answer that. (If I say yes, then I *might* break existing packages. If I say no, the package I'm installing surely won't work. WhatdoIdo?)

    Around here, I'm all for little-or-no prompting just keep good records of what happened.