panel development update

Jasper Huijsmans jasper at
Wed May 11 22:15:35 CEST 2005

Nicolas Masse wrote:
> On Wed, 11 May 2005 18:43:30 +0200
> Jannis Pohlmann <info at> wrote:
>  Jasper Huijsmans schrieb:
>>People seem to be rather busy with other stuff at the moment -- except
>>Mickaël and Juha; keep up the good work, guys! Anyway, I finally added 
>>something to the panel again, so here's an update.
>>First of all, drawing of the new panel widget should now be flawless, no more
>>strange edges or missing borders. Please let me know if you still see
>>something wrong with the latests svn code.
>>Secondly, I decided to make a bit better use of the new panel widget and added
>>an option to make the panel full width. At the same time I added two plugins
>>that can make use of this feature: a tasklist plugin and a flexible space
>>plugin; both will expand with the panel.
>>I also have been experimenting a little with creating out-of-process plugins
>>using GtkPlug/GtkSocket. It seems to work nicely. I also tested a customize
>>mode; this makes it easy to drag items around, even when they are external
>>plugins. No code to show you yet though.
>>Progress on the design for the 4.4 panel has been a bit slow, because I don't
>>have much time. Apart from the plugin design I need to think hard about the
>>user interfaces that are needed to properly use and configure the new
>>features, especially access to configuration for multiple panels (possibly on
>>multiple monitors), customizating panel contents and the interaction with MCS 
>>settings. Ideas and suggestions are welcome, send them to me or, even better, 
>>add them to the wiki.
>>That's all for now ;-)
> Hi, 
> just a little remark:
> when I expand my panel, the handles at both side disapear, even if the panel is configured to show them. Is this normal? 

I thought this was a reasonable thing to do for full width, but it is 
also a left-over from before the handle-option was added ;-)

> Also I would say the tasklist plugin is very cool, but for the variable space one, I don't really see the utility. (not a prob since I just don't use it).

Yeah, maybe it's useful to someone.

> Finally, I think something I would like to have would be a lock panel option, so it became impossible to edit the panel configuration by error.

Accidentally edit? You use your computer while sleepwalking? ;-)

> Thx for all :-)

Thanks for the comments.


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