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Re: Tabbed buffers

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Tabbed buffers
Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2008 11:14:29 +0200

> From: Miles Bader <address@hidden>
> Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2008 07:40:42 +0900
> Cc: address@hidden
> Nick Roberts <address@hidden> writes:
> > Eclipse gets round this problem by displaying tabbed panes.  I know
> > that you can do something like this in Emacs using tabbar.el.
> > Nowadays though, many applications, e.g., Firefox, use the underlying
> > toolkit for this.  I wonder if we should add such a feature to Emacs
> > at the C level, at least for GTK.
> It seems like it would need some thought to work well in Emacs, as
> tabbed user interfaces quickly become unusable if there lots of tabs,
> and Emacs buffer counts are quite often _way_ over that threshold.

How about using the tool-bar infrastructure for that?  We could have a
second tool-bar line, below the usual one, with buttons for buffers.
When buttons are too many to display in a single line, we could add
another line, etc.  Alternatively, when there are too many buttons to
fit on a single line, we display a "More..." button that would pop up
a menu of the rest; those that get their own buttons would then be
maintained on some kind of LRU basis.

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