[mkgmap-dev] Shouldn't both options --gmapi and --nsis imply --tdbfile?From Mike Baggaley mike at tvage.co.uk on Sun Feb 10 14:28:10 GMT 2019
>I still don't dare to change the option handling in mkgmap completely. My understanding is that we have two groups of users: >- One large group uses mkgmap since long and has all kinds of scripts which expect exactly the current behaviour. >Thus I consider backward compatibility very important. >- One small group (the newbies) try to create a map on their own and those are lost with all the options needed to get a good map. >I think those users would also not profit if we suddenly change all kinds of defaults because they will find even more confusing >hints and howtos. I don't agree with that at all. I am a long standing user who uses scripts and options files to build my map, but still think we should be aiming to improve the user interface which is pretty hostile to new users. Adding new functionality without rationalising any of the existing interface generally makes it even more complicated for newbies. All that is needed is that changes need to be staged such they are backward compatible for a time with a clear statement that a certain option is deprecated and is due be removed/changed, then later this is followed up with another statement and the actual removal. Changing my script to use a new or changed option takes a matter of moments. Changing of defaults can be handled in a similar way. Initially send out a note saying the default will change, indicating that any scripts may need to explicitly specify the option. If a user has got to the stage where he has developed a script to generate their map, then they must know what they are doing, and it will not take much effort to tweak the script when an occasional user interface change comes along. I don't think there is any suggestion that there will be so many changes to the interface that it would become painful, and the occasional change seems to me a very small price to pay for improving the usability for new users. Regards, Mike
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