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Bug 45201 - Project wizard is modal
Summary: Project wizard is modal
Alias: None
Product: projects
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Generic Projects UI (show other bugs)
Version: 4.x
Hardware: All All
: P3 blocker (vote)
Assignee: Milan Kubec
Keywords: UI
Depends on:
Blocks: 41535
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Reported: 2004-06-18 19:31 UTC by Ana.von Klopp
Modified: 2008-10-13 14:47 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Description Ana.von Klopp 2004-06-18 19:31:29 UTC
Why is this wizard modal? I wanted to try to 
create a web project from existing sources, and 
decided to go and browse the existing sources. 

Well, it turns out that the dialog is modal, and 
my IDE was covering the whole screen... And I 
can't minimize the IDE either, so I can't get to 
the desktop icon I want to use (on Windows - this 
is less of a problem on Unix).  

I can do what I wanted through the start menu, but 
why should I have to do that? There is no reason 
for this dialog to be modal that I can understand.
Comment 1 zikmund 2004-06-18 19:50:16 UTC
It's problem of generic wizards of projects/files.
Comment 2 Milan Kuchtiak 2004-06-21 08:36:33 UTC
It seems that Ana is talking about project wizards.
Comment 3 Ana.von Klopp 2004-06-21 16:28:58 UTC
Yep, I mean project wizards. I think that somebody changed the title 
of the bug (hence "this wizard" in the first sentence). 

Comment 4 Jesse Glick 2004-08-04 02:36:53 UTC
As designed AFAIK.
Comment 5 Jesse Glick 2004-08-10 05:02:41 UTC
Whether as designed or not, certainly not changing for D.
Comment 6 jrojcek 2005-02-28 17:39:01 UTC
Please evaluate how much would it "cost" to make the wizard non-modal. From UI point of 
view it is fine both ways. The wizard styleguides say it is okay to have a modal wizard as 
long as the user can retrieve all values in the wizard (through combo boxes, browsing 
dialogs, etc.).

I've seen a few users during usability studies doing the same task ask as avk and they 
didn't have a problem with getting to a file browser to look at the existing sources.
Comment 7 Petr Hrebejk 2005-03-07 12:41:10 UTC
First, AFAIK current wizards API does not permit for creation of
non-modal wizards.
Second, modeless wizards would complicate the matters a bit. E.g. two
simultaneously running wizards changing the same files/folders etc.
Comment 8 Jesse Glick 2005-04-08 23:36:01 UTC
That's generally the problem with nonmodal dialogs - the error checking and
recovery code is a lot more complicated -> takes longer to develop and is more
likely to be buggy.
Comment 9 Milan Kubec 2008-10-13 14:47:40 UTC
We won't change modality of project wizard.