Re: [wmii] Dockapp problem

From: David Arroyo <>
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 14:42:24 -0400

I agree with Denis on this one. I would think, being the
developer of a window manager, that you would not want to make an
application with any sort of fixed dimensions. I don't see how
"scrolling complexity" is avoided with a fixed height. What if
the width of the dock is too narrow? I personally don't use
dockapps anymore, but I know they can be useful. However, if
there's anything I've learned watching this list and the irc
channel, it's that special cases add to complexity. This docking
client should behave just like any other client window, without
special treatment. If the height or width is too small, simply
don't display the dockapps. No scrolling needed. You could have a
thin column on the left/right side of the screen with just that
window, which would work well, I think.

+++ Anselm R. Garbe [22/05/06 19:10 +0200]:
>On Mon, May 22, 2006 at 06:53:50PM +0200, Denis Grelich wrote:
>> On Mon, 22 May 2006 18:16:54 +0200
>> "Anselm R. Garbe" <> wrote:
>> > > Maybe the wmii-dock also should have "gravity" to ensure it stays
>> > > at the top or bottom of the column? But what if there are two of
>> > > them? Also, I
>> >
>> > Nah, it will behave like a client, except that it would always
>> > be visible and that it can't be resized vertically.
>> Heh. This is even worse than increment handling. Rather make it
>> variable-width and -height, like any sane client, and adjust the
>> rendering of the icons. Hide some, if they are not visible, break the
>> vertical stuff up into rows if neccessary, display little arrows to
>> scroll through the dockapps, but please don't make it fixed-width.
>Fixed height, but variable width. Fixed height is good,
>because you are not forced to see these dockapps in any
>view. No need for scrolling complexity.

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