Talk:Single document interface

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MS Windows centric[edit]

Mentioning taskbar at every turn is horribly Windows^tm centric.

However, many other desktop environments have taskbar-like elements (Gnome, KDE). Furthermore, it's an example that most computer users can relate to.--LucidGA 21:25, 10 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Wrong example[edit]

GIMP is by no means a representative sample of SDI, it's a very special case called cSDI, and wanders slightly into MDI domain. A real SDI app (like notepad, or pretty much any application that's not an image editor) would be a much better example. 03:35, 3 June 2006 (UTC)

I concur. A true SDI application can never open multiple documents without needing to start multiple instances. MSPaint, Notepad or Wordpad belong to this category, while other application such as Word or old versions of NEdit do not (they can open multiple documents in the same instance, but open a full window for each).

And GIMP is not MDI either, it is some strange combination of floating windows with a floating toolbar as the "main" window (which is very confusing for people used to SDI or MDI).

Could we say that Gimp is MDI application with invisible full-screen main window?
Shouldn't SDI application be specified as "application that can only have single document open per instance"? MDI application can have multiple documents open. The text "impression that more than one instance of an application is open" is nonsense. SDI application can not have multiple documents open, you need to have multiple instances for that. It may well be that the OS internally uses the same code for each instance, but from user's point of view it is still multiple instances.
- PauliKL (talk) 16:08, 27 February 2008 (UTC)

Merger proposal[edit]

I propose that Single document interface be merged into Multiple document interface. As it stands, this article is only 7 sentences long, and only over half of them are about MDI, not SDI. I couldn't find any additional sources with which to expand this article. The MDI article already has its own section about the relationship between MDI and SDI and each subsection alone is still much bigger than this entire article. Fench (talk) 23:24, 29 September 2015 (UTC)