Re: [wmii] Question about column layout

From: Anselm R. Garbe <>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2006 13:53:14 +0100


On Mon, Jan 23, 2006 at 12:39:07PM +0100, Steffen Liebergeld wrote:
> first of all I want to thank you for the latest snap, which really
> works great here. Anyways, I miss the max layout. I remember Garbeam
> mentioning that the max laout is obsolete, because you can achive this
> functionality with the column layout. And thats the point. How would
> one do that? The only ways I can imagine are tabs (ugly) or only one
> window per page.
> Is there a third way I didn't find? If not, could you re-add the max
> layout?

It is a good point to discuss the future max way now, because I
also miss it and we should find a proper way.

The old idea was pretty similiar to the wmii-2.x behavior, a
maximized client gets into a temporary page and is maximized to
the screen size exclusively.

- a popup (transient) could appear, how to handle this?
  + allowing more clients on such maximized page?
  + unmaximizing the client and attaching the popup to the original page?
  + attaching the popup to another maximized page?

My current favorit idea is different. I think if a client
requests fullscreen size, no additional page should be created,
instead it should be raised to the front and cover everything
else on the same page. This would only apply if a client
requests the window manager to maximize it to the screen size
(like in mplayer -fs).
Additionally I think of a new layout which is called max and
consists of a single frame, which takes arbitrary clients and
maximizes them to the whole available frame size. Each client
can be accessed through tabs.

Now one could define an max action which does:


in a row.
This would be quite similiar to the wmii-2.x behavior, with the
exception, that temporary pages are not supported anymore.

Also as a third way of maximization I look at the layouts. Esp.
column layout could provide a way to maximize a frame of a
column to the size of the column (like in acme), which is no
maximize to screen-size at all, but a maximize to some extend
which could be used frequently.

The main problem with temporary pages is, that it is unsafe and
nearly indecisable where to attach a detaching client, if a
temporary page gets destroyed, because in the meantime the
layout might have changed drastically, or in the worst scenario
the original page does not exist anymore. That is why I think
the temporary page concept is bad and should die (it is already
in current).

Any concerns?


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