Re: How can I stop controls from executing default keyboard and mouse behavior?
From: IDF (idf_at_nospam.nospam)
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2004 23:35:30 GMT
"J French" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> - and remember CUI - long before Windows was invented
> (and yes I saw the Xerox Star in 1983, the Lisa and the Mac
> - OS/2 is the nearest precursor to Winders - and guess who was in
I recall a "CUA", if memory serves - Common User Access? - and it was
documented in fairly large and somewhat ridiculous manuals. This is old-time
IBM we are talking about, and my impression at the time was they were still
control freaks obsessed with protocol. We were building one of the first
OS/2 apps in Europe, at Amadeus in Sophia-Antipolis, anticipating putting
P/S 2's with OS/2 on every travel agent's desk in Europe (this was in late
1988, and we were porting a product from Windows 2.x to OS/2). IBM was
wining and dining us, giving a couple of dozen of us a free week of training
up at their networking center in the town of La Gaude high above Nice.
Presentation Manager had not yet been released, so initially we were mostly
learning the console APIs. And dealing with massive tomes about CUA, and how
every click and menu should function. It was overwhelming, and maybe one of
many aspects to the MS/IBM falling out. Unfortunately, my career as a
GUI-developer never got off the ground (and is still grounded, some would
think), as I moved into other areas of software.
Anyway, if this is the same "CUI" you refer to, it was published before
Windows 3.0 was released (1989?), which most people think of as the first
modern version of Windows, and certainly it was the first really usable
version, though its first update, 3.1, is the one that really worked. But
CUA didn't predate Windows. Windows 1.x was certainly little more than a
toy, with stricly non-proportional fonts and tiled but non-overlapping
Windows, though Windows 2.x was promising. I don't recall the years they
were released, but they predated CUA by several years.