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Re: Subwindow terminology

From: martin rudalics
Subject: Re: Subwindow terminology
Date: Sun, 06 Nov 2011 11:59:43 +0100
User-agent: Thunderbird (Windows/20090302)

> In all contexts other than Emacs, subwindow and descendant window (or
> perhaps child window) are synonymous.  Breaking that connection is
> begging for misunderstanding.

That's why I didn't mention descendant windows in the first place.

> Does anyone ever actually think in genealogical terms?  I'm shocked
> that you think it matters.  (That doesn't mean it doesn't matter, of
> course, but I haven't seen any rationale posted for why it does and am
> unable to imagine one myself.)  Does anybody *ever* care about
> anything except in which of the visible windows output will appear
> (and similar static questions about the current window configuration)?

People interested in manipulating window configurations will have to

> And at the Lisp level, only leaf windows are actually accessible as
> far as I know.  Are there any Lisp functions that operate on parent
> windows, other than those that create or destroy children?

Plenty.  You can split, delete, and resize them (you can't resize and
delete a frame's root window, obviously).


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