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[REBOL] Re: Make_user_manual.r ?

From: greggirwin:mindspring at: 26-Jan-2002 15:54

Hi Brett, I've just been lurking on this thread. << I feel that the scripting should be made into a dialect to make things easier, but I'm not sure how to go about that. If there is some kind soul who would do that I'd be grateful, particulary if they could explain the various steps of analysis, design and implementation for the dialect. I think that would be really helpful to everyone. >> I think the functions you've defined are a good starting point. << * attempt to make addressing of screen elements easy. >> FIND <criteria> - or - FIND-FACE <criteria> IN <face/pane> WINDOW <title> ??? << * attempt to make setting of values and calling of actions easy >> CLICK <face, string!(caption)> ALT-CLICK <face> SEND-KEYS <keys> SET-DATA <face> <word> <value> GET-DATA <face> <word> ENGAGE <face> <action> <event> ??? << * take pictures >> TAKE-SNAPSHOT <file!> Should there be an easy way to buffer snapshots, or have them automatically saved, so you don't have to worry about those details in your play script? Other commands: WAIT <integer!, time!> << * have embeddable rebol expressions (for specific cases where the dialect has no pre-defined solution) >> DO <block!> ??? << * allow expectations to be verified "application should be in this state"
EXPECT <criteria> Should people submit ideas for what seems natural to them, and then we can distill a dialect from that? I.e. have people write sample scripts for imaginary apps. For example: play-app [ ; Make sure we have the main window to start with expect window "pick-a-part" take-snapshot "main" ; Click on the button that displays the part-selection dialog click find "Select" button in find "Parts" panel in window "pick-a-part" ; The part-selection dialog should now be up expect window "select part" take-snapshot "parts-dialog" ; ??? How would we locate a list reliably? ; Alt-clicking should display details for a part alt-click find first text-list take-snapshot "part-help" ; hide the part detail display send-keys "(escape)" ; Make option selection to hide out-of-stock parts click second option in first panel in window "pick-a-part" take-snapshot "hide-if-out-of-stock" ; Close the dialog click "OK" ; Make sure we're back at the main window expect window "pick-a-part" click "Quit" ] --Gregg