[RELEASE] New Boot-Loader Menu

Alexander Leidinger Alexander at Leidinger.net
Fri Apr 29 20:34:14 UTC 2011

On Fri, 29 Apr 2011 12:02:03 -0700 "Devin Teske" <dteske at vicor.com>

> I was thinking that what we ought to do is support *both* numbers
> *and* letters.

Sounds good to me.

> I envision the menuitem numbers remaining unchanged (1-7), allowing
> those familiar with the numbers to use them.
> However, as for the letters, I'm thinking that we *BOLD* the mnemonic
> in the menuitem. For example (showing bolded items between asterisks):
> 1. Boot *[ENTER]*
> 2. *A*CPI Support: Enabled
> 3. Boot Safe Mode: NO
> 4. Boot *S*ingle User: NO
> 5. Boot *V*erbose: NO
> 6. *Esc*ape to loader prompt
> 7. *R*eboot
> This should indicate to the user, for example if they see that the
> "V" in "Verbose" is bolded, that they can press that key to activate
> that menuitem.

Presented like this a naive first interpretion could be that the
letters have to be entered as upper-case. I do not think someone wants
to press shift there...

Having the characters in bold but the numbers not could also let
someone think that only the characters matter.

Having a text which tells that the numbers and lower-case characters
work for chosing something, may be a solution here. Another solution is
 1/[ENTER]. Boot
 2/a. ACPI Support...
but I have to admit that the second solution is ugly.
A third solution could be to have the numbers and the characters in


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