Deskbar panel mode

Nick Schermer nickschermer at
Mon Nov 14 16:14:24 CET 2011

On Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 3:09 PM, Andrzej <ndrwrdck at> wrote:
> On 14/11/2011 18:02, Nick Schermer wrote:
>> Sorry for the late reply.
> Hi Nick,
> No problem about that.
>> Is a single rows property per-panel not good enough here + vertical
>> deskbar mode? I think with those 2 you can create almost every kind of
>> setup.
>> I have my doubt with the small property.
> Yeah, I think I know why. I also was wary of adding it but I couldn't come
> up with a better solution. Do you have any other idea of how to communicate
> back to the itembar that the plug-in wants to be laid out in an array?

I'd rather implement it on a plugin level, the item bar would affect
too many existing plugin.

> The only other solution I can think of is detecting that the plug-in
> requested a size that is smaller or equal to the row size. This way we could
> remove the "small" property but IMHO it would introduce more complexity the
> design (as the size would got another implicit meaning).

Well I think that's not too bad. If we consistently say width (in
vertical panel) is panel_size / nrows with pixel correction (50px is
17+17+16) it should be fine. That also means single buttons, like the
directory menu, are height = panel_width / 3.

I'll give it some more thoughts.

> I chose an explicit design at the cost of one more property (which defaults
> to FALSE, which means plugins that do not support it will look same as
> before).
> Thanks, I'll continue working on this, then. I found a couple of problems
> with layout and stability so the code is not ready for the integration
> anyway.

Could you also use your real name in the commits? I'd appreciate that.


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