[maemo-developers] Moving windows in Maemo

From: Sean Luke sean at cs.gmu.edu
Date: Tue Apr 17 19:02:42 EEST 2007
On Apr 16, 2007, at 12:06 PM, Eero Tamminen wrote:

> The problem is not widgets telling what is their maximum size
> (doesn't fit to available space) or minimum size (doesn't show enough
> useful information to the user), but somehow things deciding
> what is the the optimum size for them.  Programmer just hard-coding
> the widget width in pixels is not really a solution.
> It's not an easy problem to solve.

So trying to understand what you're going after, I finally made my  
way here, following some transitivity in Murray's pointer:


What I gather here is that GTK widgets can't specify maximum size  
and, more importantly, they can't specify a "preferred" (as in Java)  
or "natural" (as Mathias puts it) size.  Okay, fine.  But this isn't  
because the problem is "hard".  It's because of a significant  
misfeature in GTK.  If widgets were able to specify at least  
"natural" sizes, the problem would essentially go away, would it not?

But to get back on track: this is essentially orthogonal to the issue  
of giving developers the *option* of moving and resizing dialogs.   
Indeed the problem will show up in fixed-size dialogs as well: just  
have the user change the default system font size.  So: why are we  
restricted to being unable to make dialogs which can be dragged and  
resized?  Why can't the developer be given the option to handle these  
corner cases himself?


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