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Re: idea -> internal frames?

From: Kevin A. Burton
Subject: Re: idea -> internal frames?
Date: 29 Oct 2001 00:32:55 -0800
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Richard Stallman <address@hidden> writes:

>     > Does it make sense to allow frames to `dock' on other frames?  Emacs
>     > could intercept move/resize events for the main frame and move/resize
>     > the docked frame accordingly.
>     > 
>     > Or is this evil?
> It seems reasonable to me.  Or maybe Emacs could just implement the speedbar
> as a special window on the side of the frame, so use of the speedbar would not
> mean having two frames.

The speedbar would be a great thing to have displayed in this manner.  The issue
as I see it is that this is a feature I would want extended so that developers
can write code or create project other than just speedbar that perform the same

For example I would want UML in this "special window"

Or maybe a LRU algorithm based "quick" buffer list.

... basically any information that a developer needs at a quick glance without
having to worry about dropping what he is doing to look it up.

>     Yes.  This was another thing brought up in the design of PluginManager.
>     It seems that about 50% of the people want to have these things as a
>     dedicated window and the other 50% want this as an "inner window" (or
>     whatever it is called).
> Could you describe the difference between these two possibilities In
> operational terms?

Take the speedbar scenario.  In the current scenario it is displayed as a
separate frame (right now speedbar only supports one frame).

It would be nice if it could be placed *within* the current frame similar to the
way a buffer would be displayed.

This would allow me to keep a speedbar around for every frame that I use at the
same time keep me from becoming confused as to which speedbar I am currently


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