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Re: [Denemo-devel] Comments and windows

From: Richard Shann
Subject: Re: [Denemo-devel] Comments and windows
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2009 17:24:39 +0100

On Tue, 2009-08-25 at 20:06 +0200, Nils wrote:
> I saw the comments are now avaible, which is really good.
> However, I really think new windows and popups are not a good idea. 
> Of course I say that because I'm involved personally.
> I use a tiling window-manager, wmii, and those resize the Windows at will. 
> Any program that works with multiple windows, worst case is GIMP, or floating 
> windows (Denemo's popup warnings) are really annoying.
> Even for standard window managers multiple windows per app are not that good. 
> Many users use Virtual Desktops and if they want to move Denemo from one to 
> another you have to move all child-windows manually.
> But besides my personal view I think frames are a much better idea than extra 
> windows. You can resize them, tab them and hide them. Even a key is thinkable 
> that toggles "Hide anything except Notation and Menubar".
> I can understand that is might be interesting to use some parts/windows 
> fullscreen or on a second monitor. But making frames dockable, like Denemo's 
> toolbar/palletes, should not be that big issue in GTK.
> Is there any reason for multiple child-windows and popup-windows as standard? 

By "as standard" I guess you are wondering why I have started with
creating a popup. It's just what I knew how to do; what I didn't know
how to do was create comments - I am still working on it. I haven't got
them on individual notes yet, and I haven't got a way of updating other
aspects of the comment (e.g. how it affects LilyPond output) when the
comment is changed. But I have got an idea for that now.
If I worried about everything I would do nothing - we *do* need a nice
interface, a nice editor, and things like the Score->properties->font
size moving into a directive...


> I once again want to show this screenshot of Geany as example. 
> Ignore the left Symbols/Documents/Files frame but the rest is very elegant in 
> my opinion.
> Menubar and Statusbar, tabbed main window, and tabbed console-frame.
> Nils
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