Re: [wmii] Dockapp problem

From: Denis Grelich <>
Date: Sun, 21 May 2006 19:17:06 +0200

On Sun, 21 May 2006 17:42:01 +0200
Daniel Schmitz <> wrote:

> […] And when already modifying this, wouldn't it be
> nice to add a litle eye-candy (like colour-gradients,
> bg-image-transparency, like other window-managers have it) to all
> window-bars and frames? I think it would make wmii look a lot less
> "geeklike".

Eye-candy most of the time interferes with usability. What people often don't understand is that a beautiful desktop is not one full of colours, crazy forms or top-less girls, but that is perfect from a usability POV. It has nice, eye-pleasing colours and contrasts where needed, a sleek design and does not deflect you from what you really want to do on your box.

Remember: Neither is an ugly desktop usable, nor is a usable desktop ugly. But an unusable desktop is /always/ ugly! ;)


PS: composite extension's transparency (the real one of those four sorts ;) can be used very good with wmii I suppose. On the wm's side there's not much to do besides handling the right hints. The rest can be done with the right command-line tools and the 9p-filesystem. I think. Didn't investigate that much.

PPS: /can/ transparency add to usability?

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