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:zz,virt: Another way to think of s.0 (was Re: [zzdev] Re: [zzdev] d.masterdim and slices

Think of slice 0 as being like the "desktop"--
 the stuff the user wants to see ordinarily.

But it has docking stations for various things that
 come in, and different items can dock at the same
 station, depending on what's called in.

I really appreciate all the thoughts people are putting into
 the heavier technicalities of the system, but it's important
 to remember also that the easy visibilities are a crucial
 aspect of the ZigZag idea from a user's point of view.

Then the *sneaky* part of the design is the way we
 overload its simple visible concepts with system structure.
 But the design trick is to stay always faithful to the easy part.


At 10:00 PM 7/25/00 +0300, you wrote:
>On 25 Jul, Tuomas Lukka wrote:
>> On Tue, 25 Jul 2000, Tuukka Hastrup wrote:
>>> On 25 Jul, Tuomas Lukka wrote:
>>> >> If s.0 is non-empty, then one would like to see the difference between
>>> >> getSpaceHome and getSliceHome(s.0) - if there's something to do with
>>> >> slices, why not with s.0 too?
>>> > 
>>> > Sorry, now I don't understand... why can't the Space home be
designated as
>>> > the home cell of slice 0?
>>> If there's (and it seems there is) some cases we want to distinguish
>>> between a slice and the compound place, then we should make the
>>> difference visible somehow. 
>> The point is that s.0 is *always* there. So think of the compound place as
>> s.0 with other things (slices) loaded in. That's why s.0's home is the
>> whole hog's home.
>Still, if we were to do something to s.0, like export new default
>settings, then how do we distinguish between exporting s.0 and
>exporting the compound space as a whole? (Another example: you want
>the slice's d.masterdim rank or the space's d.masterdim rank)
>OK, s.0 is special. It might be it's not a problem if it has special and
>normal slice role at the same time. I guess we'll see as we go on.
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