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bug #19884: Online help not available prior to game start

Submitted by:  Jacob Nevins <jtn>
Submitted on:  Sun Jul 1 10:13:27 2012  
Category: client-gtk-2.0Severity: 3 - Normal
Priority: 5 - NormalStatus: None
Assigned to: NoneOpen/Closed: Open
Release: Operating System: Any
Planned Release: Contains string changes: None

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Tue Oct 7 03:38:37 2014, comment #3:

Assuming a "hex. topology" for the intro screen with 5 buttons I mean the empty "eastern" slot ;-)

Frank <dunnoob>
Tue Oct 7 02:49:18 2014, comment #2:

By the "empty space" you mean the slot where the ggz button used to be in ggz-enabled builds?
Now ggz has been dropped completely, so the slot is indeed empty.

I've also considered it for settings rather than help - there's patch #4764 about that.

Marko Lindqvist <cazfi>
Project Administrator
Tue Oct 7 00:43:42 2014, comment #1:

Starting a dummy game only to change some options for the next real game is rather odd. Therefore I always considered this "convenient empty space" as reserved for options, not for help... ;-)

Frank <dunnoob>
Sun Jul 1 10:13:27 2012, original submission:

You can't get at the online help in the Gtk client (at least) until you're actually connected to a running game (local or remote).

I've thought for a while that this is not ideal. In particular, the "Connecting" help item doesn't seem much use if it's not available before you've successfully connected. (Its content could also do with sprucing up, but I haven't been motivated to do anything about it due to this issue.)

There's even a convenient empty space in the initial game screen for a "help" button.

Making this possible is going to require some work (or at least checking) to make sure the help system behaves sensibly in the complete absence of a ruleset, and that it's regenerated correctly at the point a ruleset is loaded.
(It would also be nice if the ruleset help were available in the pregame screen -- but I haven't checked yet if the relevant stuff has gone across the network at this point.)

(I've no imminent plans to work on this, just wanted to get the idea out there.)

Jacob Nevins <jtn>
Project Administrator


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