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FBNS: What to put in menu bar

Ian Wark
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Joined: Jun 28, 2004
Posts: 37
Hi fellow ranchers..

I have read (and understand) the need to have a standard menu bar with standard menu items in it (or lose on score). But looking at the possibilities, there do not seem to be so many.

The main reason is that I can't rationalize having a text box anywhere. The only input required is search criteria, and all of that comes in the form of eg. times, days of week, origin airport, destination airport, carrier. I have a bunch of list boxes and diplay order radio buttons.

Without a text box it seems hard to warrant Cut, Copy and Paste, and Print strikes me as not being available on platforms other than Win32 and Solaris which goes again the universality principle. For Undo and Redo I could possibly do something to reset the search criteria here and there, but it seems a bit strange.

The only possibilities seem to be Exit (File), Display (change number of columns in JTable), my action buttons repeated and Help.

I must have missed something here. I don't know what I can put in my menu. Help.
Andrew Monkhouse
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Joined: Mar 28, 2003
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Hi Ian,

What happened to your other account?

I had two menus: File (with an "Exit" option) and Help (with online help and an "about" choice).

The menu's don't have to be complex, but most people expect to find a standard way of exiting an application, and a File->Exit option is one such standard way.

Regards, Andrew


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Ian Wark
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Joined: Jun 28, 2004
Posts: 37
Andrew,

Thanks.

I take it that you didn't lose points for having a simple toolbar.

About my Displayed Name, the reason I was called Ian Warker is that I could not remember my username and password and last night I remembered. (I first joined quite a while ago and had a big gap in between). Anyway, I had trouble logging in so I had to create a new account. Sorry for the confusion. I will get rid of Ian Warker. My real name is Ian Wark.

About your previous question about whether I have the requirements in both English and Japanese, the answer is that I only have them in Japanese. Where I couldn't bring up the info on searches at this forum I was guessing as to what the English equivalent said. The good news is that I emailed Sun like you suggested and got permission to do the assignment in English. I will do the JavaDoc in Japanese because I can't get the English version of the source given to us and I will have to read the questions on the written exam in Japanese, but everything else is OK in English.
 
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