[tex-live] Updates to new TL installer GUI

Siep Kroonenberg siepo at bitmuis.nl
Tue Nov 27 14:29:58 CET 2018

On Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 08:49:40PM +0100, Denis Bitouzé wrote:
> Hi Siep,
> Le 26/11/18 à 16h36, Siep Kroonenberg a écrit :
> > By the way: the latest revision, from november 24, does again allow
> > more resizing.
> Here on Linux Mageia 6, I can't resize any of the boxes (either
> normal/advanced), in any way (neither maximize nor with the mouse).

The basic and advanced windows are not resizeble: shrinking would
corrupt the layout, which is already shrink-wrapped, and expanding
serves no purpose.

The selection lists should now mostly be resizable.

> Some remarks:
> 1. "Normal" box:
>    1. IMHO, the box such as "Installation root", displayed as follows
>       (ascii art):
>      ┌────
>      │         /usr/local        /        texlive        /        2018
>      │       +-------------+          +-------------+         +-------------+
>      │       |  Browse...  +          |   Change    +         | Toggle year +
>      │       +-------------+          +-------------+         +-------------+
>      └────
>       could be confusing, especially for beginners: this way of choosing
>       a directory is quite unusual.

I have encountered many selection dialogs which did not make clear
whether they would install under or in the selected directory. I
wanted this to be unambiguous. Also, the TL installer is special
because there are two levels to create.

The previous solution was manually specifying the entire string in a
text box, which was not ideal either.

>    2. Some of the boxes can be closed thanks to the `Esc' key (e.g. the
>       "Warning" one when "Toggle year" is clicked), other can't
>       (e.g. "Directory name" when "Change" is clicked).

Added to my TODO list

>    3. "Installation root" → "Toggle year" → "Yes" makes the year part
>       empty, which isn't what I expected by "toggling" the year.

What would you expect? Or can you suggest a better button text?

> 2. "Advanced" box:
>    1. Same remarks as 1.1 and 1.2.
>    2. The 1st "Change" button opens a box that contains (as above)
>       a "Browse..." button. The "Specify directories" as well, but with
>       lowercase "browse...".

Also added to the TODO list, to avoid pointless extra work for

Siep Kroonenberg

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