[GRASS-dev] Making start of GRASS GIS easier for newcomers

Markus Metz markus.metz.giswork at gmail.com
Fri Jan 23 11:54:24 PST 2015

On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 4:34 PM, Margherita Di Leo <diregola at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 2:10 PM, Markus Metz <markus.metz.giswork at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> That is why I suggested a minimal (minimal information content)
>> welcome screen with one OK button and one change button. The OK button
>> should be prominently placed, the user must immediately see that all
>> is needed to get started is to press OK. This welcome screen could be
>> written such that practically nothing but wx needs to be imported,
>> which means that the splash screen can go away. Because of the little
>> amount of content (text + buttons), there would be enough space for
>> graphics even on small screens.
>> You could have drop-down boxes for location and mapset to offer a
>> choice instead of fixed text.
> Do I understand correctly that such drop-down boxes to change current
> location and mapset are to be found at the stage when GRASS is already
> started?

No, I am talking about a minimal welcome screen to replace the current
welcome screen. This screen appears (current behaviour) before GRASS
GIS is started.

Markus M

> Meaning that you are in a XY empty location and you can choose to
> go directly to a different one without restarting GRASS? If this is your
> proposal, I  think that this would indeed do a huge difference to anyone
> working in grass, not only newcomers, in terms of practicality
> --
> Best regards,
> Dr. Margherita DI LEO
> Scientific / technical project officer
> European Commission - DG JRC
> Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES)
> Via Fermi, 2749
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> Tel. +39 0332 78 3600
> margherita.di-leo at jrc.ec.europa.eu
> Disclaimer: The views expressed are purely those of the writer and may not
> in any circumstance be regarded as stating an official position of the
> European Commission.

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