Re: MDI on X11 (Elliot Lee) writes:

> On 24 Jul 1999 16:32:42 -0400, Matthias Ettrich <> wrote:
> >Are we supposed to discuss personal GUI design preferences here or an extended
> >WM protocol? 
> It's fine for you to discuss all you want, but the focus of this list should
> be on producing a functional replacement of the GNOME WM spec, not to discuss
> the nice-but-irrelevant pie in the sky features. So far people have put a lot
> of effort into arguing over (necessity of pager interaction|wm-independant
> configuration|MDI|...), without making much progress on the useful & needed
> GNOME WM spec replacement.
> So basically, Miguel & you are both off-topic... WM spec version 2.0 can take
> care of MDI and all these other cool features, but 1.0 is the task at hand.

I agree that it's better to not argue the pros and cons about MDI vs. no
MDI, but I don't see any reason why we shouldn't figure out what hints
would be useful for MDI apps for 1.0 of the spec.  It may be as simple
as adding a hint or two.  We should certainly aim for minimality on
un-tested features so we're not burdened with backward-compatibility


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