[pmwiki-users] Supporting different modes in default pmwiki

Neil Herber nospam at eton.ca
Mon Aug 8 19:41:52 CDT 2005

At 2005-08-08  08:14 PM -0400, Radu is rumored to have said:
>Word does have the functionality to change the 'view' through the 
>Customize options. Unfortunately they don't have a way to establish 
>several 'views': sets of customized options, and switch between them. You 
>have to switch toolbars on/off one at a time.

The Word toolbars are not a substitute for or a mimic of the menus. They 
seem to hold quite different sets of tools. It frustrates me no end looking 
for a menu item when it turns out to be the third tool on the "X" toolbar. 
At least the idiot paper clip character lets me find what I want most times.

However, this does highlight a big difference between Word and PmWiki - 
Word is crammed full of tools that different people have varying uses for. 
PmWiki has very few analogs of tools, other than the edit, history, etc. 
buttons. The devilish complexity in PmWiki is buried in the markup, and the 
only real "tools" that help with that task are the GUI edit buttons.

This just reinforces my conviction that there are not enough "views" of 
PmWiki to make it worth having a view switching mechanism. Things like 
Group Headers and conditional markup let admins customize pages (or views 
of the same page) already.


Neil Herber
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