I'm developing a mod for grouping icons in the xfce tasklist plugin. Need feedback, please. :-)
debianmaverick at gmail.com
Tue Apr 22 01:20:31 UTC 2014
Thank you! When it will be done I will publish the patch somewhere so that
who wants could try it. ;-)
2014-04-22 0:52 GMT+02:00 Damian Kleiman <fliakleiman at gmail.com>:
> Hi Debian, if you need testing just let me know and i help.
> 2014-04-21 19:38 GMT-03:00 Rich Dennis <amerigena at gmail.com>:
> > I'm just a lurker on this list, but I would definitely use this.
> > Thanks.
> > amerigena
> > On Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 3:04 PM, Debian Maverick <
> debianmaverick at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >> Hi all,
> >> in nearly all the task/dockbars I've seen until now, when you select the
> >> option to "group" the icons that are different instances of the same
> >> program, the taskbar will give you a visual feedback of the fact that
> >> apps of the same type are currently open. For example, let's say you
> have 3
> >> file manager windows open. In a taskbar that permits you to "group" the
> >> icons, you would see only a single icon for the file manager. When you
> >> on this icon (or, sometimes, you only need to pass over it with the
> >> you will see a list of the 3 file manager windows.
> >> On the bar, usually, you see some visual feedback of the fact that more
> >> than one app of the same type is open. In the above example, on a
> >> 7/8 os, you would see that the icons are graphically "stacked". On
> Unity and
> >> many other dockbars you will see some dots near the icon, etc.
> >> So, I was surprised when I found out that this common behaviour was not
> >> implemented in the default XFCE tasklist plugin... You can group the
> >> and disable the labels to make the panel similar to a Win7/8 taskbar,
> >> the current plugin gives you no visual feedback for the grouping, and
> >> therefore you cannot distinguish "real" grouped icons from the
> >> ones until you left-click on them, one by one... It's not very good...
> >> I know that one of the objectives of XFCE is to keep it small and light,
> >> but, hey, I cannot imagine how such a basic functionality could be
> >> resource-hungry or could impact performance!
> >> So, I downloaded the latest source code of the xfce4-panel (from ubuntu
> >> repositories), and I started to modify the code of the taskbar plugin
> >> to see if I could get what I wanted... So far I got the following
> >> http://oi60.tinypic.com/2jaf9yw.jpg
> >> As you can see, there is a nice little number on the bottom-right of the
> >> grouped icons, so that you can, at a glance:
> >> 1) distinguish between normal button icons (no little numbers) and
> >> ones;
> >> 2) you can see immediately how many open instances there are for each
> >> application.
> >> The patch already works, but it's in an alpha development stage. There
> >> various tests to do and I should add the related option in the
> properties of
> >> the panel, so that the user could easily choose between: labels without
> >> grouping, labels with grouping, no labels at all, no labels + number of
> >> grouped instances for each application (as in the above screenshot).
> >> I would like to know what you think of this mod, and if you would use
> >> P.S.: Thanks to the user cavalier on the irc channel #xfce-dev for the
> >> precious support he gave to me.
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