[Blindapple] We need a new launcher

Jayson Smith jaybird at bluegrasspals.com
Mon Sep 9 22:49:10 EDT 2013

Hi all,

Okay, it seems we need a new launcher. I've had several people complain 
about the long command line, or just plain not be able to understand it 
without a lot of help. Here's what I envision this launcher being like.

It should use standard Windows dialogs, so as to be usable with any 
screen reader or even by a sighted person. For this reason, it won't 
need to use a SAPI voice.

It should allow for the selection of disk images for floppy drives 1 and 
2, as well as a save state for situations where you need to switch disks 
and restore from a save state.

It should allow for easy navigation of file lists by letter or digit 
where appropriate, rather than having to arrow around.

I envision something like one dialog with five buttons. One selects the 
image for drive one, another for drive two, a third for the save state, 
a Go! button, and a Quit button. For the selection dialogs for 
images/save states, use standard Windows file open dialogs, since they 
already do everything we need. Put it in the disks or sta\apple2ee 
folder, as appropriate. All file selections should default to no file in 
that slot, I.E. it shouldn't remember your selections from last time. 
Given all your selections, the Go! button would construct a command to 
run the emulator, and launch it. Would anyone be willing to take on this 

What do you think?

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