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Re: Side Windows

From: martin rudalics
Subject: Re: Side Windows
Date: Wed, 05 Oct 2016 10:39:38 +0200

>> Personally, I think that such layout decisions should be made before the
>> first side window is created.
> That might be impossible in the general case, because the same window
> arrangement could be used for displaying buffers of different
> directions.  One example is an email client that shows messages in the
> main window.

I now committed my changes.  The option to change the direction of side
windows is called `window-sides-reversed' and allows to change the
direction permanently or have it depend on the frame's main window.

>> I doubt that you change the menubar layout whenever you switch
>> `bidi-paragraph-direction'.
> Some applications out there actually do that.  Emacs doesn't, but only
> because I deliberately decided it wasn't TRT (there's a FIXME comment
> about that in the sources).  Menu bars are different, because they are
> not really associated with any particular window, they are associated
> with a frame.

Well, the situation with side windows is not that much different.  You
could change the menubar layout whenever the selected (non-minibuffer)
window or all windows on a frame show right-to-left text.

> I think we should at least allow for such a behavior as an option.

Please test the new option.  As a side effect I also added a completely
new command ‘window-swap-states’ which could be of general use.


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