[mythtv-users] reprise: improve frontend usability: working with a slick remote

Carl Reynolds mythtv-users at hyperbole-software.com
Wed Mar 28 16:09:49 UTC 2007

come se fosse antani wrote:
> I don't know if the way myth use to accept input is easy to change
> simply with a different OSD theme. ..
> there is any developer that can confirm such statement?
It's not just a matter of changing an OSD theme to make it do the things 
you want to do. You would also have to make some rather major changes to 
the way tv_play.cpp handles the input from the remote so that the 
command you want to transmit to myth are recognized by the OSD menu.

I personally would not be interested in such a change, since as Bert Von 
Kets pointed out you are increasing the depth of the command menu so 
that every time you want to enter a command you are traversing a menu 
tree rather than going directly to the command with a remote key. 
However, I assume there may be people who don't care how quickly they 
can get to Play, Pause or Stop when the video is Fast Forwarding (I wish 
there were a less awkward term for that operation) past the part of the 
program they were trying to get to.

There seem to be a couple of people like that in this discussion, so I 
would recommend that you break out vi and start looking at modifying the 
code in tv_play.cpp and make a new OSD theme so you can operate MythTV 
in the way you suggest.

Some times, it's just better to make a prototype than to spend a lot of 
time discussing an idea. (Not to suggest that you should stop discussing 
this, if you're interested. I think this is an interesting discussion. 
I'd like to see it developed further.)

BTW: I'm not one of the developers, I just have a fair amount of 
familiarity with he way tv_play works.


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