Re: [Evolution-hackers] The component buttons mockup

That makes sense Tuomas; thanks.

Another possibility is to encapsulate the buttons in a component similar
to a toolbar.  The toolbar can then be repositioned by the user.  If
this toolbar is dockable in the left pane (as well as the usual top,
bottom, left, & right), it might provide a happy medium for everyone. 
It can even be turned off for maximum space savings.  The toolbar can
also handle (automatically or via user options) the flow/layout issues
discussed at the beginning of this thread (1x4, 2x2, icons, text, etc).

Best regards,

On Tue, 2003-12-02 at 12:04, Tuomas Kuosmanen wrote:
> On Tue, 2003-12-02 at 16:31, Nick wrote:
> > Out of curiosity, is there a particular reason to confining these
> > component buttons to the left pane?
> > 
> > What about placing them "outside" the left and right panes?  While it's
> > not as "pretty" or appealing, has anyone considered using a tabbed
> > control for this?  Each "view" (mail, calendar, contacts, etc) does not
> > pertain only to the left pane--they each populate both panes, right?
> > This allows the the tabs (let's assume they're placed on the top or
> > bottom) to be quite long as they have the length of the screen.  From a
> > logistics perspective, this makes sense as the controls affect more than
> > the left pane.
> Vertical space is more valuable here since horizontally there is no big
> problem at least with email - you have more than 80 chars wide message
> display even if you resize the sidebars quite wide.
> But making stuff consume vertical space makes the message preview even
> shorter, which is a bad thing. Having to scroll while switching folders
> occasionally is less bad than having to scroll more for nearly every
> email message.
> Tuomas
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> Tuomas Kuosmanen :: Art Director, Ximian :: <tigert ximian com>

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