Re: [dev] [surf] next release

From: Peter John Hartman <>
Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2009 08:53:18 -0400 (EDT)


Two brief notes.

(1) * removing urlbar/searchbar and using dmenu instead

I'm not sure if this is so attractive, since dmenu does not support x paste
(without a patch) and one always finds oneself (or at least I do) cutting
and pasting into the searchbar. The ultimate solution, it seems to me, is
to have dmenu support x paste in vanilla. This strikes me as superior to an
"in-surf" solution (which uses GtkWhatever) for a number of reasons.
         (a) It keeps the code simple (on the surf side that is; dmenu will need
         to change).
         (b) Other web-based activities (smart prefixes in particular)
         could benefit from a dmenu + x paste. For example, I have a script which runs dmenu after parsing my user input
         from dmenu. It would be nice to x paste into the dmenu rather than
         typing out a given google search (e.g. when one is searching someone's
         odd name.)
         (c) In general, I like the xprop interface and allowing applications other
         than surf to interact with surf (which is what your new _SURF_FIND feature
         allows--which is great--which is why we need dmenu to get patched!)

(2) * get downloads working again.

I think it is enough to just have a way of grabbing the url and then letting
the user launch an extrinsic application. It looks as if 0.3 (tip) does
this much now.

Thanks for the work,
Received on Wed Oct 21 2009 - 12:53:18 UTC

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