[Rd] How graphical an interface should the default be?

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Fri 25 Feb 2005 - 22:11:01 EST

install/update.packages will have a lot of changes in 2.1.0, and I have been adding some widgets to go along with this.

These can be set up to use widgets where available (Windows, if Tk is available under X11, I hope Aqua before release), and have a text-mode fallback (better than the current menu(), but in that spirit). (Except that is install.packages: text-mode selection from 480 packages even in three columns is not useful to me, but a scrolling list works well as Windows users of R already know.)

My question is:

         What should be default be?

Options might be:

I am not really in favour of making the defaults a set of options, but that is possible.

This is a request for input on what would be a good compromise for general R users (and not just the R-devel audience).

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
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