Re: Suggestion: Remove the Window Title Bar


On vie, 2011-10-07 at 09:43 +0200, Aurélien Naldi wrote:
> some personal thoughts:
> * The title bar IS too large by default, reducing its size using
> gnome-tweak-tool helps

Note that the default size has been decreased in 3.2

> * I LOVE the fact that unity hides the title bar for maximized windows
> and I think gnome-shell should do something similar.

It is something that designers are considering. There are still a lot of
open questions, but I think it's fairly safe to say that we won't
"merge" the titlebar with the top bar as Unity does (e.g. window
controls won't appear in the top bar), but rather hide it completely.

> * As the main focus was about the menu bar, I have to say that I like
> the unity behaviour for maximized windows, but I hate it for other
> wondows, having to make sure the right one is focussed and move to the
> top is cumbersome.

I don't think we want to do that, except for "global" application
options which should appear in the application menu (the one with the
lonely "quit" action). In fact, there's the feeling that many
applications could do without a menu bar to begin with (obviously not
LibreOffice/Gimp, but pretty much anything "less complex")[0][1]

> As a result here is what I would love in gnome-shell:
> [...]
> * merge the menu bar into the title bar: we get pretty much the same
> behaviour as unity for maximized windows, but something much more sane
> for other windows.

This has the potential of reducing the draggable titlebar area to zero,
so I don't think it is a very compelling option :-)
However, if an application's menu "bar" is reduced to a single toolbar
button (similar to the menu buttons found in Firefox/Chromium), it might
indeed make sense to move it into the titlebar (ignoring for a moment
that it would be far from trivial to implement it).



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