Re: [Evolution-hackers] Mail VPaned vs. HPaned

On Tue, 2004-10-05 at 11:06 -0400, Daniel Gryniewicz wrote:
> On Tue, 2004-10-05 at 14:05 +0800, Not Zed wrote:
> > On Mon, 2004-10-04 at 22:57 -0400, Daniel Gryniewicz wrote: 
> > > On Tue, 2004-10-05 at 10:17 +0800, Not Zed wrote:
> > > > 
> > > > No i said it was useless unless a better message-list is implemented.
> > > > 
> > > > > I think NotZed hinted that he'd approve a global option for this, and I
> > > > > sort of agreed to implement it. I'll get around to it eventually :)
> > > 
> > > Hmmm... I use hpaned, and it works fine.  What do you think is required?
> > > My only desire here would be for the message list to keep the currently
> > > selected message centered on the pane, rather than 2-3 above the bottom.
> > 
> > Well it really needs a more flexible layout (i.e. copy outlook,
> > again).  The layout already wastes scads of space horizontally, and if
> > you have less room from a hpaned view it doesn't work.  Sure it works
> > for wide-screen 1920x1440 displays, but although there are plenty of
> > those, it might just confuse the coorporate desktop user where there
> > aren't.
> > 
> > I think as it is now it just looks funny on a lot of displays.
> Well, it works fine in my 1680x1050, which isn't *that* small.  I really

that's called "widescreen" and "isn't *that* small" is exactly what
NotZed is arguing. On a non-widescreen display at a "normal
resolution" (1280x1024? maybe smaller?) this feature would be unusable.

all my displays run at 1280x1024 and I cannot make them any larger
because the screens don't support larger resolutions.

> have no problem with it being off by default, but it's definitely a
> usefull feature as is.  I'm sure it could be more useful.  Is the fact
> that it's not perfect a reason not to include it?

in my experience, yes. if something isn't perfect we'll just get nagged
endlessly about it (which is extremely annoying to overworked and
underpayed developers like us - who, btw, also have the extremely fun
task of providing tech support to end users. yay us!).

if you like it, then apply the patch yourself. it's not that big a deal.

grumpily yours,


Jeffrey Stedfast
Evolution Hacker - Novell, Inc.
fejj ximian com  -

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