I'm developing a mod for grouping icons in the xfce tasklist plugin. Need feedback, please. :-)
mrugiero at gmail.com
Tue Apr 22 08:11:45 UTC 2014
I'll try it, too.
2014-04-21 22:20 GMT-03:00 Debian Maverick <debianmaverick at gmail.com>:
> 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
>> >> 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
>> >> 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
>> >> 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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