Re: MDI on X11

Matthias Ettrich <> writes:

> On Sat, 24 Jul 1999, Miguel de Icaza wrote:
> > > MDI, while probably a bad choice for a wordprocessor, makes perfect sense for
> > > certain kind of applications: IDEs and the GIMP comes to my mind. Just the fact
> > > that it wasn't possible to do it on X properly while Microsoft used it doesn't
> > > mean it's a totally wrong concept.
> > 
> > I definetly like more the multiple-windows on the screen approach.
> > 
> > Miguel.
> Are we supposed to discuss personal GUI design preferences here or an extended
> WM protocol? 

W.r.t. MDI, let's refocus on what the protocol would need to have in it
to allow an application to provide enough information to let a WM do an
MDI-like thing to satisfy those who want the tighter grouping of
document windows that MDI affords.  (As I wrote previously, I think it's 
the wrong level of abstraction to have an application manage the MDI
interface and just have the WM decorate the windows).


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