Re: [isabelle] Isabelle2016-RC0 - default output buffers


when I first started RC0, the default setting was quite confusing for me.

I moved the current line cursor to a lemma statement.
What I observed:
  The bottom buffer was set to output. It displays nothing
  The right buffer shows the Documentation panel.

What I expected:
  The proof state is displayed somewhere.

The proof state is only visible when I select the state panel (as
documented). This might be confusing for new-comers. In addition, my
proof state is usually huge, but by default, the right panel is very

Splitting state and output may be a good idea for power users with
large displays. On my laptop with only one fullHD display, I just
can't find a satisfying setting. Maybe it is a good idea to distribute
Isabelle with a simple GUI setup. Power users can still change the
defaults. This would mean that by default, the proof state is sent to
the output panel.

What do other users think?

Best Regards,

2016-01-01 20:17 GMT+01:00 Makarius <makarius at>:
> Dear Isabelle users,
> the coming Isabelle2016 release is scheduled for February 2016, after the
> next big Java 8 update by Oracle in January and some weeks before the
> deadline of ITP 2016.
> To get started with systematic testing there is now the relatively early
> (corresponding to
> Isabelle/e18444532fce and AFP/c62777f3e932).
> The website, NEWS, ANNOUNCE etc. are already mostly up-to-date.  Some
> documentation is still lagging behind, notably the Isabelle/jEdit manual.
> There are further fine points still to be sorted out.
> When discussing problems, observations, suggustions, etc. the mail subject
> line should be changed to something meaningful (but the release candidate
> number still given in the message body).
> As usual it is important to keep general laws of causality in mind: release
> candidates may still change, but the final release is final. Although this
> is tautological, in the past few releases we've often had complaints right
> after final lift-off, when it was too late.
> So the best time to start testing is now.
>         Makarius

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