Re: desktop as a separate window (fwd)

On Tue, 30 Nov 1999, Kenneth Christiansen wrote:

> >  - no need to handle expose events on the desktop background
> >  - will not require a next-generation GNOME window manager;
> The wm-spec isn't gnome specific, and there's a lot of known wm authors
> behind the new spec, so getting a next-generation window manager with
> support these hints shouldn't be the biggest problem we face in the near
> future.


> I think it would be worse if we today use a lot of resources in order
> to support the old way, which just makes it harder to do this job, and
> then in 1 - 1 year we regreed, because it not very extendable, and
> then we have to start all over again in order to make it right.
> >    the giant-window approach will require the in-progress
> >    window manager spec I think
> Now far is the wm spec from completion?

Not very.  Hopefully we'll be getting a final draft out within a week or
so.  For anyone who knows a bit about WM internals, the latest draft is

and extra eyes to proof read it would be gratefully received, especially
if it affects software that you develop (toolkits, WMs and
desktoppy-bit-of-gmc).  NB. we're after problems with the current draft
NOT requests for exciting new features...



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