Comparison of the main screens of Intkey and Lucid
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Fri Nov 3 07:12:49 CET 2000
A comparison of the main screens of Intkey and Lucid is available at
This document contains dumps of the screens, showing the same stage of
an identification. Numbers indicating the corresponding features of the
two programs, and referring to explanatory notes, are superimposed on
the screen images. The notes are reproduced below.
Intkey. Three toolbars: (a) user-definable (buttons can represent any
operation or sequence of operations); (b) characters/identification; (c)
LucID. A single toolbar. Definition of buttons by the user not possible.
2. Extended help for toolbar buttons
Intkey. Available in separate window via '?' button. Length unlimited.
LucID. Automatically displayed at bottom of screen. Length limited.
3. Subdivision of main window
Intkey. Main window subdivided into panes, allowing easy resizing of
subdivisions. Default sizes of the panes are chosen for efficient use of
LucID. Main window subdivided into windows, making resizing cumbersome.
Default sizes of the windows are equal.
4. Order of subdivisions of main window
Intkey. Character panes on left, taxa panes on right. This allows
efficient use of screen space (character text is usually longer than
LucID. Character windows at top, taxon windows at bottom.
5. Structure of lists
Intkey. Simple lists.
6. Horizontal scrolling
Intkey. Horizontal scrolling of panes allows long lines to be viewed.
LucID. No horizontal scrolling - long lines are truncated.
7. Default order of available characters
Intkey. Best order.
LucID. Natural order.
8. Character selection
Intkey. Character selection causes display of separate state-selection
window (not shown). This allows identical operation from text and image
LucID. Character selection causes display of states in the same window,
as branches of the tree.
9. Character images
Intkey. Accessed automatically, if available, when character is
LucID. Accessed by clicking on 'Information' button adjacent to the
character or state.
10. Omission of redundant words
Intkey. Redundant words are omitted from the 'Used Characters' pane,
allowing more text to be seen without scrolling.
LucID. Redundant words are not omitted from the 'Character States
11. Multiple states of a character
Intkey. In the 'Used Characters' pane, multiple states of a character
are displayed on a single line.
LucID. In the 'Character States Chosen' window, multiple states of a
character are displayed on separate lines. These lines are not
12. Available/Used characters
Intkey. Used characters are displayed only in the 'Used Characters'
LucID. Used characters are displayed in the 'Characters Available'
window, as well as in the 'Character States Chosen' window.
13. Taxon information
Intkey. Obtained via a button in the toolbar.
LucID. Obtained via a button adjacent to each taxon name.
14. Taxon selection
Intkey. Multiple taxa can be selected in the taxa panes (which behave as
a single list for this purpose), and any operation can be applied to the
LucID. Only a single taxon can be selected in the taxa windows. Multiple
selections must be made in ad hoc dialogs.
15. Number of differences
Intkey. The 'Eliminated Taxa' pane (and the 'Remaining Taxa' pane, if
the error tolerance is non-zero) displays the number of differences
between the specimen and each taxon, and the taxa are sorted on this
LucID. The number of differences between the specimen and each taxon is
not displayed, or used to sort the taxa.
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