Re: The State Of The Art
- From: "Dr Geek" <dr_geek hotmail com>
- To: hitchhiker cybermail net, M Rogers cs ucl ac uk, gnome-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: The State Of The Art
- Date: Mon, 24 May 1999 20:29:05 BST
hitchhiker <email@example.com> wrote:
>the cylinder is almost DONE. the sphere would be a little harder. we
>just need to take the next step and make a window manager that uses this
>as its standard instead of having someone go "hey...you know what I
>think would be cool?" and spending two weeks trying to tweak it.
>the only thing you're "missing" though is that a scalable sphere is
>nowhere near as simple as stringing a bunch of desktops together.
>that's going to take some thought and time.
Works thusly, I think (and I must get me to a drawing package pronto for
It's not a completely freely rotating sphere. Think of the
chair-inside-a-wraparound-monitor idea. You can only band your chair back
until it points directly up; you can't go further up. Similarly, you can
only bend the seat forward until you're facing straight down. Like flying a
flight sim where you can't do vertical rolls. This solves the problem of
being able to roll around vertically until you see the opposite side of the
sphere upside down.
You can scroll left or right with complete freedom.
In fact, to avoid nasty display problem, you can probably only move up to
about 10 degrees short of vertical in the vertical plane. All windows are
oriented so that North (in old Motif terms) is up towards the top of the
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