Re: Pager/switcher per workspace or per screen

Pardon my bluntness, but this seems like utter nonsense. What does
window switching have to do with _NET_NUMBER_OF_DESKTOPS? Why is the
pager controlling or even interested in the behavior of alt-tab? Even
supposing that makes sense, if a pager wants alt-tab to behave in a
cross-wm way, then it should implement alt-tab itself. All it needs is
a list of windows in MRU order, which should be available for window
manager restarts, anyway.


On 8/7/07, Thomas Thurman <thomas thurman org uk> wrote:
> Metacity has had a number of requests to allow alt-Tab to show all
> windows on the current screen and not just the windows on the current
> workspace/desktop:
> The pager already has this ability, but has no way to communicate it
> to the WM. It seems that the best way to deal with this is a new EWMH
> hint so that it can be done in a cross-WM way.
> I think this is closely allied to desktop arrangements, and propose
> that the currently unused data.l[1] in _NET_NUMBER_OF_DESKTOPS be 1 if
> switching should be per screen, and 0 (the default, as at present) if
> it should be per workspace/desktop. The patches given on the bug above
> are a basic implementation this (which still has a few bugs), and
> there is also a program to switch between switching per workspace and
> per screen.
> I'd like feedback on whether this is the best way or whether it would
> be better to introduce a whole new hint.
> peace
> T
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