WM Request

Olivier Fourdan fourdan at xfce.org
Sat May 14 11:36:20 CEST 2005

Hi Roger,

The current algorithm tries to minimize overlap, by computing the place
on screen that would have the minimum overlap between windows.

I'm not sure anything else would be an improvement over the current
method (of course, one may think of different scenarios that would be
better in some case, like when its the same size/kind of windows that
are mapped several times, but I'm still to be convinced that would be
best in *all* cases)

There is still room for improvement though, like where to place the very
first window, on top/left corner or right in the center? That is still
an open debate.


On Sat, 2005-05-14 at 18:48 +1000, roger wrote:
> Hi,
> I'd like to submit a request regarding the way the window manager (xfwm4) 
> positions newly created windows.
> Let's divide the monitor/screen into 4 equal regions as follow:
> 	A C
> 	D B
> A: Top left quarter
> B: Bottom right quarter
> C: Top right quarter
> D: Left bottom quarter
> Then let's open a window, e.g. a web browser, that requires at least the 
> quarter of the screen area; it goes into A
> Opening a second instance goes into B, a 3rd into C and a 4th into D.
> Then a 5th instance goes into A, exactly where the 1st instance is, thus 
> completely hiding it.
> Actually, even if the window area is less than the quarter of the screen's, at 
> one moment a new instance will be set exactly at the position of an old one.
> I would suggest that, whenever possible, a new instance never occupies the 
> exact place used by an old one, i.e. a small offset be introduced in both X 
> and Y.
> I haven't filled a bug / new feature request since my request may seem 
> "absurd" for most people!?
> Thanks,
> Roger Seguin
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