Re: [wmii] Column Layouts

From: David Tweed <>
Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2006 16:08:48 +0100 (BST)

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

> On Fri, Apr 28, 2006 at 02:39:22PM +0100, David
> Tweed wrote:
> > 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
> That is only the way to access windows with mouse.
> Usually I do
> $MODKEY-{j,k} instead, which is much faster ;)

That isn't quite what I was talking about. Suppose
I've opened up lots of clients sprinkled between
various tags/views. I know I opened up an editor
window which contains, say, the file. If I'm
using that frequently then it'll probably be in a tag
that I know in an easily accessible place that I
remember, in which case either the mouse or the
keyboard is fine for getting at it.

But suppose I opened it up, then didn't need to do
anything with it for a while (maybe even days) but
left it open (since I there's no compelling reason to
close it). In the meanwhile I've been editing other
files, browsing the web, editing email, etc, and
precise knowledge of where it is has faded from my
memory. Now I need to change something in this file. I do remember that I've got that
window open _somewhere_, and maybe I even remember the
tag that applies to it. But even if I switch to view
that tag, if there are with multiple columns, I've got
to search through the columns and the stacks of
title-bars until I find it. There's even more hunting
if I didn't put it in an appropriately tagged
workspace and have to search over views, columns and
stacks. I'm trying to imagine what mechanism would be
useful in this situation.

This isn't a criticism of title-bars in general
context, but rather saying that title-bars don't solve
the problem of finding clients completely.

dave tweed

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