[kepler-dev] Welcome screen vs Splash screen

Kevin Ruland kruland at ku.edu
Thu Feb 16 07:26:59 PST 2006

What I'm hearing then is the Welcome screen and the intro.htm screen are 
duplications, right?  If the Welcome screen is going to have links which 
will open workflows, then it cannot be shown until after application 


Laura L. Downey wrote:
> It was decided at the recent kepler-dev meeting that we would have both the
> splash screen and the welcome screen -- the splash screen is to give users
> an idea of what is going on while Kepler is initializing etc. then it should
> disappear and be replaced with the welcome screen, which is only dismissed
> upon user action (or does not appear the next time if the user unchecks the
> "show this dialog upon startup" checkbox) and provides a few simple links to
> documentation for scientists and documentation for programmers.  Just as a
> reminder, the welcome screen will have other things included in the future,
> most likely links to specific samples and online tutorials etc.
> I think we should stay with this decision for the time being since we have
> so many other things to deal with.
> BTW, the welcome screen should not have the min/max controls.  I just didn't
> know how to remove them in the prototyping software I'm using.  Good catch
> on that.  But the welcome screen is a regular window with the standard "X"
> for closing in the upper right of the window title bar and a "close" button
> in the bottom right hand corner.
> As to the links, I have the same questions.  I'm assuming (dangerous I know)
> that we will be displaying PDF or HTML documentation for Kepler in a Kepler
> window with the exception being any link to Ptolemy docs which will be to
> their HTML pages.
> Laura L. Downey
> Senior Usability Engineer
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> -----Original Message-----
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> Subject: [kepler-dev] Welcome screen vs Splash screen
> Hi all,
> The welcome screen and splash screen are both in the code now.  Since 
> the Welcome screen simply has http urls (and doesn't do the whole sample 
> workflow selection thing) it would be perfectly reasonable to use that 
> as the splash instead of the current one.  In any case, having both of 
> them is a little noisy during startup.
> My vote would be to have the welcome screen completely replace the 
> splash.  I'd get rid of the frame (ie, make undecorated) so the user 
> doesn't have minimize/maximize buttons, make it stay on top of the other 
> application windows, and consider changing the urls it points to.  Are 
> the urls going to be documents distributed with the Kepler application - 
> or will they continue to be remote http urls?
> Kevin
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