Re: [wmii] Column Layouts

From: David Tweed <>
Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2006 14:39:22 +0100 (BST)

Hi Anselm,

Please take it as understood that this is discussing
possibilities for the future rather than the feature
frozen wmii-3 :-)

--- "Anselm R. Garbe" <> wrote:

> Instead of throwing the different modes completely
> over board, I
> found a way to generalize the behavior. The key idea
> is that all
> columns are in stacking mode all the time, and that
> the 'mode'
> file in the column namespace is replaced with a
> 'stack' file,
> which takes following special syntax:
> 0: means no space for stacks, thus maximize all
> windows
> n: n visible stacked clients (focused client
> defines the center
> of the visible clients which is calculated
> through n/2).
> All other clients only get a titlebar (fallback
> to 0 if too
> many clients appear like in wmii-3)
> 100: make all clients visible (like current
> default), fallback
> to 0 if too many clients appear)
> For n > 1 it is allowed to resize the heights of
> visible clients
> (though unless the stacking is not *, this
> arrangement might
> be changed on focus change).
> This allows to have for example 3 clients always
> visible in a
> column, all others are accessible through their
> titlebar and
> wmii keeps track of them.

This sounds like a nice representation. My feeling is
that with wmii's current facilities having the
titlebar be the only way to "get at" a client in order
to make it focussed/visible/whatever, will start to
bite for certain users (particularly me :-) ). The
difficulty is that with multiple windows
you end up having to "hunt the titlebar". I've said in
the past that adaptive menu's listing available
clients work ok-ish but still require more thought
than anything I'd ideally like.

Anyway, it'll be fun to play with wmii-3 to see if I
can do anything better with its menu facility.

dave tweed

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