Response: Notifying users of delays

Subject: Response: Notifying users of delays
From: Geoff Hart <geoff-h -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA>
Date: Mon, 3 Apr 1995 10:08:12 LCL

Arthur Comings asked about how to gracefully notify users of delays
that occur while the software processes a command. I feel the best
approach is to be straightforward: State that "this command will take
about one minute to execute". If there's substantial variation among
computers (e.g., 1 min. on a Pentium/PowerPC vs. 30 min. on a
386/68030), indicate this too. Not cute, but effective.
--Geoff Hart geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca
#8^{)} <-- also not cute, but effective!


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