Is it okay to provide Look and Feel menu bar (just like in JFC demo with JDK) in URLyBird assignment! I have menu bar and popup menu as well, so user can change look and feel using pop-up (right click of mouse on GUI) and via menu bar. It will detect which look and feel works on given platform e.g. Windows 2k or XP you can have Java or Windows or Motif (other will be disable)..
Do you think I am adding any extra feature set to reduce my mark in GUI. Otherwise I have standard GUI with JTable, JButtons, JMenubar, JTextField (for search) and message bar to display any messages.
You do not need to implement a toolbar or menu bar... but I think you will find that many ranchers did. It has become a convention to include at least a rudimentary meny bar in any GUI application. If you search the forum for "toolbar" or "menu bar" you will find many more posts regarding this.
If you choose not to implement a menu bar or toolbar, you should probably mention that you felt it was outside the scope of the assignment in your choices.txt.
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