Re: [aprsisce] Different colored boxes/circles?
- On Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 10:22 AM, Lynn W Deffenbaugh (Mr)
> On 7/26/2012 11:27 AM, James Ewen wrote:And now there's more information about the Map Display in the wiki.
>> On Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 9:15 AM, Rick <kd4dra@...> wrote:
>>> packet scroller on side
>> Easy one:
> Especially since I just added "A box is drawn around the symbol if the
> packet was received direct (no paths used) via RF." just before your
> posting! <grin>
It could use more cleanup, and probably more or better examples of the
One thing I did notice while putting this together is that you use the
term "Message" when describing the various Mic-E status notifications.
Mic-E status bits simply indicate a status and do not convey any
message. They convey information, but not a message.
We just went through something similar when people were complaining
about being notified that they have messages waiting, but when they go
look for them, the messages are "internally created" Mic-E alerts.
On the http://aprsisce.wikidot.com/doc:screen-elements page I use the
term Message Notifier to describe the box where you get notifications
of messages, alerts, etc. Perhaps we should rename that box, to make
it a more generic term. Just simply notifications would work, since
you get notified about incoming messages, software updates, and Mic-E
alerts in that box.
One of the big problems is that there's a lot of use of generic terms
to describe different things in the APRS world. You see that quite
often when a newbie comes along and makes a comment such as:
"I can't see my APRS messages on aprs.fi."
We'll automatically go looking to actual APRS message packets being
sent from his station to another recipient station, but later find out
that he was actually just talking about position packets.
There are huge differences between messages, software updates, and
Mic-E alerts, and we should really ensure that we differentiate
Truly the term Mic-E alerts or status is really a misnomer. True, the
status bits were first defined in the Mic-E data structure, but they
really status notifications embedded within the Mic-E packet, and also
being defined outside of the Mic-E structure in ways such as:
It's a lot of work to try and keep everything straight and well
defined when people keep mis-using the terms, or creating totally
different "products", but using extremely similar terms to describe