Re: Thumbs up!
- From: "Bojan Smojver" <bojan rexursive com>
- To: frandavid100 gmail com
- Cc: gnome-shell-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: Thumbs up!
- Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2011 18:58:45 +1000
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From: David Prieto <frandavid100 gmail.com>
Mac OS X has dock. Windows 7 has its own version of taskbar, which is
cascading, if I remember correctly.
All these have the same common trait as the taskbar; they are tiny
representations of open apps, placed NOT according to the real window's
location. Which was precisely my point.
Both of which are different from Gnome 2 taskbar. I am not advocating
taskbar in particular (nor do I use it often). Anyway, see below.
People remember things visually, by shape, size and position.
Therefore it must be easier for them to identify their windows looking at
relatively smaller representations of them, located in relatively similar
positions, rather than in tiny representations located according to
order instead of position. Which is what a taskbar, a dock and even the
Surely you will agree with this, won't you?
What I would agree with is that workplace management has to make windows
bigger then current Gnome 2 switcher. I don't know - by something
complicated like clicking on the workspace one would like to manage in the
Changing size and position of windows for everyone is simply not helpful.
Gnome had workspaces precisely to avoid cluttering, which then requires
expose or taskbar. Instead of extending this good concept, we got forced
into expose no matter what.
And yes, workspaces should be static for that same reason (although I
thought at one point dynamic ones would be a good idea too - I was wrong).
Not semantics. If I look at my workspace switcher in Gnome 2 now, my
windows are where they are. They won't move or resize.
So, in Gnome 2. How do you reach a window that's hidden behind a bigger
Without resorting to the taskbar, of course, which, based on your own
arguments, we already established is worse for finding stuff.
If you have a lot of windows behind one another, this is where things like
expose _are_ actually useful. Or are smarter taskbar.
Forcing expose on everyone all the time is the wrong thing to do.
PS. Sorry for mixing workplaces and worspaces. Never know which is it.
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