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Re: Tabs are ready? -> Let us give a definition of tabs.

From: PJ Weisberg
Subject: Re: Tabs are ready? -> Let us give a definition of tabs.
Date: Thu, 9 Feb 2012 07:55:47 -0800

On Monday, February 6, 2012, Alin Soare <address@hidden> wrote:

>> But this does not require all of the junk (events, callbacks, etc)
>> that you've talked about.  All that *needs* to be added to Emacs is
>> the very limited API needed to associate tabs with a window or frame,
>> displayable content and a label with each tab, and to query that
>> information.  The rest can be implemented with existing Emacs Lisp
>> facilities, such as faces (to change the color of a tab) and process
>> sentinels (one sort of event callback).  If you want a GTK-like API,
>> that should be easy to write in Lisp.
> Without events, do you have a concrete idea how to signal to a hidden tab that something changed , such that it changes the color?   
> I do not need a very limited API. I need a programmable tab bar.

I would give the tab a "wants attention" flag that gets unset when the tab is activated, and set when `(tab-request-attention TAB)' is called, e.g. by a process sentinal.  Then the tab's title would switch from `tab-inactive-face' to `tab-wants-attention-face'.

The way I'm picturing it, the tab's internal state consists of four pieces of data: a title, a window (or possibly window configuration), a function that's called when it becomes active, and another function that's called when it becomes inactive.  That *seems* like it's meeting all your requirements, as I've understood them.



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