a few panel questions

masse_nicolas at yahoo.fr masse_nicolas at yahoo.fr
Thu Dec 29 16:53:13 CET 2005

On Thu, 29 Dec 2005 17:09:46 +0200
Jani Monoses <jani.monoses at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello Jasper,
> - The 'Add new item' dialog behaves differently when you add items by
> double-clicking on them and when you select then press the add button.
> In the latter case it closes the dialog, in the former it does not.
> It is probably intentional but I wonder if there's a more consistent way
> to do it. I guess having an explicit close button is too much. It is a
> minor inconsistency but still it is one :)
Changing the cancel button to close would be more consistent I think.

> - Why are the 'freely movable' and 'full width' options exclusive.
> Having both set could mean one can drag the panel to top/bottom or left
> right only but it will keep stretched. BTW when it is vertical it is
> full height ;) so 'stretch to margins' or other more appropriate wording
> could be used on the option.
> I think such behaviour is present in the win95 taskbar IIRC, it can be
> snapped to the screen edges.
Agree here. 

> - Could the panel have a setting to disable confirmation dialog on
> 'plugin remove'?
Yes, this dialog bored me sometimes, but is still needed for the average user.
Perhaps an option like "Always ask for removing plugins" in this dialog can be usefull. (and another
one in the dialog who shows the available plugins).
> - I am missing the possibility of placing plugins in almost arbitrary
> places on the panel. Without the taskbar plugin which I now put in a
> second panel and which used to occupy the middle of the panel with
> seemingly empty area acting as a big separator, the plugins are all
> crowded in one side of the panel. It would be nicer to have them grouped
> as menu and actions on one side and logout, clock sytray on the other.
> The choice of what goes which side is of course a policy and a matter of
> taste but this is a layout which I and no doubt others have got used to.
> Allowing random placement of plugins would allow everybody to arrange
> the panel according to her/his tastes.
Not sure i understand well your problem, but can't the use of multiple panels solve this?(One for each side,i'm using the panel this way, look at the screenshot).
Also there is the problem of representing blank space. (I think there was at a time a plugin called "flexible space" for that).

> - I wonder if the show desktop plugin, being more xfce workspace related
> just like taskbar, iconbox, systray unlike other plugins would not
> be better included with the panel itself?

The question is also to know who maintains this one. At Berlios, it's written Andre Lerche, is this correct?

> thank you
> Jani
> PS: I like the new logout dialog :)

Haven't tried yet.


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