WM Request

roger rstmp at iinet.com.au
Sat May 14 12:08:31 CEST 2005

Thanks for your very fast feedback Olivier (20:00 here Down Under, must be 
12:00 in Old Europe)

I fully understand that you've got the whole picture while mine is only 

Anyway, I guess that one can set its desktop with all web browsers in a same 
workspace, so they may like to have a slight offset since all windows would 
have the same size. But as I said that's just a guess...

How about the following "simple" algorithm:
keep the current one, except that if there already is a window whose top left 
corner is at (x, y), then use (x+offset, y+offset) for the new one?
I wrote "simple" between quotes because I know that that wouldn't be that 
simple: there always are special cases... I bet you know better than me :-)

Regarding where to start the very first window, couldn't it be set by a 
"hidden" option?


On Sat, 14 May 2005 19:36, Olivier Fourdan wrote:
> 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.
> Cheers,
> Olivier.
> 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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