[gst-devel] gst-player ui required changes

David Schleef ds at schleef.org
Thu Jan 16 12:20:21 CET 2003

On Thu, Jan 16, 2003 at 08:52:51PM +0100, Steve Baker wrote:
> > - get rid of stop
> Done! Its software, not hardware. There are no heads or motors to wear
> out, and no batteries to run down by being in pause forever.

The lack of a stop button is confusing.  If there's going to be one
button, it should be called stop, not pause.

A pause button implies that the software is doing something to keep
it in a paused state, which should not be the case.  Indeed, this also
causes confusion in developers -- e.g., rhythmbox starts into a
"stopped" state, but once you press play, you can only be in
"playing" and "paused" state.  In the paused state, it is literally
doing something, hogging the OSS driver, if one is using OSS output.

In comparison to a hardware CD player, calling it a stop button
creates one difference in feel: the player keeps its state when
stopped.  After seeing this once, the feature is obvious to the
user, and would probably be considered a good feature.


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