[maemo-developers] Moving windows in Maemo

From: Sean Luke sean at cs.gmu.edu
Date: Thu Apr 12 19:10:41 EEST 2007
On Apr 12, 2007, at 1:37 AM, Tapani Pälli wrote:

>> The *right* thing would be to make all maemo dialogs and  
>> notifcations:
>>     1. Resiable
>>     2. Movable
>>     3. Persistent (so next time you reopen the app, the dialog is  
>> pops
>> up in exactly the size and place you put it last time)
>> This would allow users to adjust dialogs and notifications as they
>> prefer.
> Yes, this is *right* thing for someone, something else is *right*  
> thing
> for someone else. Persistency sounds good to me, however I don't see
> much reason in moving modal dialogs on the screen except 'just for  
> fun'.

Moving's not a big deal.  Resizing is a *big* deal.  Many of your  
dialogs are too small, or they obscure what we're operating on.  At  
any rate, the bigger problem is that existing dialogs are not  
permitted to be movable or resizable even if it's helpful to the  

> Resizing dialogs assumes that they all have scrollable and resizable
> content. Layout of the content has been carefully designed and will  
> very
> likely 'break' when dialog is resized unless content is packed in a
> scrollable widget. In fact you can try this with several desktop apps
> and see how they break.

Correct me here, as I'm not in a spot right now where I can do a  
test, but if I recall, dialogs can't be resized or moved.  Why not  
make this an option, and let the developer choose it or not?  And  
further, have the windows stay where the user put them?

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