[Fwd: Wine-Wiki.org]

Francois Gouget fgouget at free.fr
Tue Jan 25 16:56:29 CST 2005

On Tue, 25 Jan 2005, Jonathan Ernst wrote:
> "Rating with Windows" mean rating when using a real windows partition.
> This rating might have good reasons to be here in the past (when most
> apps needed many native dlls) but is now regarded as a bad feature by
> some of AppDB hackers. Maybe some other readers here can say what they
> think about the removal of this feature ?

I agree that now the 'Rating with Windows' option is not really useful 
any more. One of the reasons is that the result is going to be 
completely different if the Windows is Windows 98 than if it's Windows 

So the 'Rating without Windows' should become the only rating. But I 
like the 0 to 5 rating:
   0 -- Unrated.
   1 -- Does not work.
        Totally nonfunctional. Crashes on load.
   2 -- Partial functionality.
        Good enough for a carefully scripted demo.
   3 -- Limited functionality.
        Sufficient functionality for noncritical work. Occasional crashes
        okay, as are weird setup problems, required patches, or missing
        major functionality. Alpha quality.
   4 -- Usable.
        Substantially correct. Good enough for general use, with possible
   5 -- Perfect.
        No flaws under any mode.

The medal system seems redundant and much less precise.

Maybe representing this as stars is not the best way to convey the 
nuances above. Maybe it's the label that needs changing to better convey 
the 'How well does it work?' meaning. Maybe 'Works:  80%' would be 
clearer than 'Rating: 4'. Can we have a tooltip popup (e.g. using an alt 
property?) when the user moves the mouse over the rating? What about 
making the rating a link to the section that explains what it means?
(the documentation was a bit hard to find, probably because I expected 
'Documentation' to point to Wine's documentation)

Maybe text is the best, just use the labels above plus a color code.

Francois Gouget         fgouget at free.fr        http://fgouget.free.fr/
   Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment
                                -- Barry LePatner

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