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Re: Tabs

From: Juri Linkov
Subject: Re: Tabs
Date: Mon, 02 Sep 2019 22:17:27 +0300
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.0.50 (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu)

> Thanks for working on this.  I think this feature would be an
> important step forward for Emacs.  I've now checked out and built the
> branch and report my findings below.
> (FWIW, I find the names tab-bar-mode and global-tab-line-mode
> confusingly similar.  Could we find better and more descriptive names?
>  For example, global-tab-line-mode could be global-buffer-tab-mode.)

Actually it's more related to window than to buffer.  But
global-window-tab-line-mode would be too long and not easy
to type in e.g. M-x prompt.

> Are you also looking for input regarding potential improvements the
> user interface at this stage?

Yes, please, now is the right time.

> For example, would feedback similar to "I think the width of the tabs
> under tab-bar-mode should be fixed" be helpful?

In browsers the width of each tab depends on the number of tabs
to share tab-bar space proportionally between all tabs.  But we could
add a numeric option for the fixed width.

>> 0. emacs -Q
>> 1. M-x tab-bar-mode RET
>> 2. Click on the plus sign to create a new tab
>> 3. Click on the previous tab
>> 4. Click on the close icon
> When saying M-x tab-bar-mode here, the window flickers as if redrawing
> but no tabs show up.  The tabs do show up as soon as I resize the
> window, or move it to a different workspace.  (My window manager is
> XMonad, a tiling window manager, and the Emacs frame is automatically
> set to full screen and moved to a particular workspace after launch.
> Not sure if that helps.)

Thanks, it seems this is an essential detail that might be specific
to your window manager.  Do you see the same problem when saying
M-x tool-bar-mode several times to turn the tool-bar on/off?

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