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[Octave-bug-tracker] [bug #53283] Variable Editor: floated variable pane

From: Dan Sebald
Subject: [Octave-bug-tracker] [bug #53283] Variable Editor: floated variable panels disappear with loss of V.E. focus
Date: Wed, 4 Apr 2018 13:41:19 -0400 (EDT)
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Follow-up Comment #5, bug #53283 (project octave):

I've read so much Qt material my head is spinning, but somewhere I recall
reading about this behavior and there was some debate about whether it is good
or bad.  At first blush it does seem kind of annoying, but maybe some like
this behavior...and if it is settable somewhere in the window manager, then
perhaps it shouldn't be changed.

My one worry with this is that if the Variable Editor sub-panels begin to
look-and-feel too much like a top-level window we'll incur just as much
confusion.  What to do if the user hides the variable editor and there is
still a floated variable sub-panel open?  Then there is this window on the
desktop with no associated icon in the system toolbar.  So, I'm hesitant to
put any effort into fixing this until someone defines exactly what should
happen.  In light of the still-not-correct Bug #53276 with toplevel windows,
more hesitation to dig in.

My guess is that users will start asking for Variable Editor windows for
individual variables, i.e., each one with it's own toolbar just like there is
Fig1, Fig2, etc.  Someone else can do that later.


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