bugBos Wars - Bugs: bug #29092, Building with ALT key is useless


bug #29092: Building with ALT key is useless

Submitted by:  Kalle Olavi Niemitalo <kon>
Submitted on:  Sun 07 Mar 2010 12:50:14 AM UTC  
Severity: 1 - WishItem Group: Bug
Status: NonePrivacy: Public
Assigned to: NoneOpen/Closed: Open

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Thu 03 Nov 2011 11:12:28 PM UTC, comment #1:

Alt alone is very useful for building silos. Build a ton then finish them later and you get tons of loaded silos.

Ben <hungryninja101>
Sun 07 Mar 2010 12:50:14 AM UTC, original submission:

This report applies to trunk r9671.

In scripts/menus/ingame/game.lua (InitTips), there are these tips about constructing buildings:

What the behaviour actually is:

  • If you hold SHIFT while you place the building, the engineer first finishes his previous orders and then goes construct the building. Otherwise, the engineer forgets his previous orders.
  • If you hold either ALT or SHIFT while you place the building, the building remains selected in the button box; clicking again on the map places another building of that type. Otherwise, the button box returns to its initial state.

So, ALT and SHIFT together do the same thing as SHIFT alone; there's no reason to tell the user to hold them together. ALT without SHIFT does something else but that behaviour seems rather useless: you must wait for the first building before you tell the engineer to build more; otherwise he'll leave the first building unfinished.

Please make these changes:

  • Remove support for ALT-clicking from the C++ code. It is useless and some X11 window managers grab such combinations.
  • Remove the second tip about ALT and SHIFT together. Leave just the tip about SHIFT.
Kalle Olavi Niemitalo <kon>
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