Container Plugins

Jasper Huijsmans jasper at
Thu Sep 15 14:19:18 CEST 2005

Biju Chacko schreef:
> Hi,
> The question of the clock in the systray kicked off another line of thought.
> I think it may be desirable to allow a class of plugins we could call 
> container plugins.
> These are plugins that would hold other plugins. I can see a number of 
> uses for them:
> * The simplest case: a frame around a few other plugins.
> * A drawer: a popup "menu" of plugins.
> * A collapsible group: A group of plugins that can be collapsed into a 
> single icon and vice versa.
> * Alternative orientations: Group icons in columns on a horizontal panel 
> or rows in a vertical panel. Helpful if you have an unusually wide or 
> tall panel.
> This could be a basis for future development of things like sidebars or 
> desklets.
> Again, Jasper is probably a better judge than I of whether this is worth 
> the effort or not.

Very nice ideas. I did think about this. But not for long ;-) It would 
be rather nice to have, but I suspect it will complicate the user 
interface as well as the code considerably.

It will be _lot_ of work to get this right, I suspect. If we want a 4.4 
release this year, this is out of the question, unless someone can show 
me how to do this easily with a simple user interface... and write a 
patch to implement it.


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