Taskbar question

Jasper Huijsmans j.b.huijsmans at hetnet.nl
Mon Jun 17 11:00:23 CEST 2002

Hi Marcin,

This is more a development subject so I send it to xfce4-dev list as well.
Are you subscribed to that?

It seems many people are very happy with your implementation as it is now.
If you want to think about the implementation for xfce4 you should probably
check out my attempt at the new panel from CVS. However, if you wait until
tonight (central european time) I will check in code for an automake
framework so it's easy to install. This will change the directory layout
considerably, so waiting will save you a lot of downloading time on later
updates. I'll announce the change on the xfce4-dev list.

A couple of points to consider:

The window list and state of the windows must be obtained through the
freedesktop window manager hints, instead of through direct communication
with xfwm.

The new philosophy for xfce is to have separate apps for separate
functionality. However, if we want to have the possibility to dock the
taskbar in the panel it is much easier to make it part of the panel.

It is possible to use the GtkPlug / GtkSocket interface for this, but than
we would need to have a communication mechanism between taskbar and panel to
request docking/undocking.

The xfce configuration file is now in xml, but that's really easy to implement.


At 10:20 AM 6/17/02 +0200, you wrote:

 > No, it doesn't work. The design is different and this require a rewrite
 > of the taskbar anyway, just like any other "module".

...so I am just starting doing this. The question is: should we simply move
current state (placement, options, behaviour) to xfce4 or change the
concept. Any ideas?

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