Re: [wmii] wmii-4 idea - column capacity for a tag

From: Anselm R. Garbe <>
Date: Mon, 8 May 2006 13:49:22 +0200

On Mon, May 08, 2006 at 07:28:32AM -0400, Doug Bell wrote:
> Stefan Tibus wrote:
> > On Sun, May 07, 2006 at 10:45:18AM -0400, Doug Bell wrote:
> > > This got me thinking that you could do something similar for the number
> > > of columns in a tag. A tag-capacity setting of 1 would behave like
> > > wmii-3, placing new clients as a new row in the current column. A
> > > setting of 2 would place a new client in a new column if there was only
> > > a single existing column. And 3 or more would, of course, create new
> > > columns for clients until the set number of columns are reached.
> >
> > Hmm...not my thing. And I have to say this makes things as less dynamic
> > as the manual creation of empty columns which has been voted against in
> > the past. There is no good algorithm to generally tell whether to create
> > a new column for a new client or not. I may like to use this behaviour
> > in one view but not in another, so I'd have to set this flag for my
> > often-used views upon start-up of wmii and then I think we're somewhere
> > in the area of predefining layouts which AFAIK is not wanted...
> Allow me to defend my idea a bit - then, if nobody likes it I'll shut up
> :)
> I think this number-of-columns flag would be most useful as a global
> default in wmiirc. So it wouldn't be similar to layouts.
> You say this would make things "less dynamic"? So _manually_ moving the
> second client to a new column each time (at high resolution, the full
> screen with is rarely useful for a client) is somehow more dynamic?
> Dynamic should mean doing the right thing most of the time without user
> intervention. And dynamic should not preclude the use of some global
> user-preferences to achieve that.
> Keep in mind that this isn't really a mode (unlike the
> default/stacked/max modes, which, if you want to talk about less
> dynamic...). If this flag causes a new column to be created when you
> didn't want it, you just move the client back. It's just easier to
> _usually_ get what you want.
> Finally, what's the harm in allowing a choice? If you like the current
> behavior, set this flag to 1. If you run high resolution and/or liked
> the old tiled behavior, a setting of 2 gets a little closer to the
> ideal.

Actually I think a global /def/ setting for the amount of
default columns which are created implicitely would be ok, acme
has something similiar with -c flag.


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