19 December 2005
Moo Canada now has context menus. Whenever an object is mentioned, there is a small arrow next to it which pops up a list of simple commands associated with that object. I think this will open up the Moo to a generation who didn't grow up with CP/M, DOS or UNIX command prompts. New users can draw upon their experience with Windows or MacOS to click around and explore. On the other hand, it may dumb-down the environment to a limited point-and-click experience. History is replete with well-intentioned people inadvertently killing the things they mean to improve.
Attempting to make these context menus secure, flexible, cross-browser, and fast was somewhat challenging. The execution chain for a menu goes something like this:
And in other news, the OU confirm that I've passed all my courses. They've also accepted the topic proposal for my dissertation: Construction of a Multi-user Asynchronous Integrated Development Environment. Otherwise known as merging SubEthaEdit and the Smalltalk interface and shoehorning it in place of the Moo's verb editor. Should be fun.