[New-bugs-announce] [issue7136] Idle File Menu Option Improvement

Toby Donaldson report at bugs.python.org
Thu Oct 15 02:40:44 CEST 2009

New submission from Toby Donaldson <tjdonaldson at gmail.com>:

I've been using Idle to teach beginning programming to university
students for the last 6 or 7 years. I've taught hundreds and hundreds of
students, and the single biggest confusion with Idle is this:

"New Window" in the file menu is ambiguous

Proposed fix: change "New Window" to "New File", or "New Program"

Many beginners don't get the difference between a shell window and
program window. I spend some time explaining the difference, and yet
they see "New Window" and don't know if this means a shell window or
program window.

Obviously this is not an issue for non-beginners, or even for anyone
willing to experiment for a minute or two, but it seems to me this is a
small change that could be useful to beginners. 

Plus more precise menu options are usually a good thing in general.

components: IDLE
messages: 94064
nosy: tjd
severity: normal
status: open
title: Idle File Menu Option Improvement
type: feature request
versions: Python 2.6

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