Panel Plugins

Biju Chacko botsie at
Thu Sep 15 12:46:36 CEST 2005

Jasper Huijsmans wrote:
>>So why can't the clock still be a single plugin that allows multiple
>>instances? Put one in the taskbar next to the system tray/notification
>>area and one in the panel. I might have misunderstood, but isn't the
>>taskbar (going to be) basically an instance of the new panel?
> It's purely for aesthetic reasons. The current systemtray shows a frame 
> (yeah, like windows) and the clock can be put inside this frame. 
> However, it is only a simple digital clock, without the fancy features 
> of the clock plugin.

There is no logic to this. Why *shouldn't* the systemtray clock have all 
the features of the regular clock? From the end user perspective, there 
is no reason why the *position* of a clock should affect it's feature set.

The *right* way to do this would be to allow frames to be placed around 
arbitrary groups of plugins. Then you could achieve the Win/Gnome/Kde 
look by adding the systray and the clock to a frame.

You'll know better than I whether this is worth the effort. :) 
Personally, I suspect it isn't. :-)

-- b

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