Re: Window Managers and other stuff

One reason for using hints is that they are more likely to get implemented
in a large number of window managers.  Most WMs are already handling some
hints, such as the Motif ones, so it is not too much work to add support
for more.

It would be much more difficult to convince WM authors to integrate a
CORBA ORB into their WM (it would probably be considered bloat by some of
the slimmer window managers -- even if it did add new functionality).



On Fri, 1 Oct 1999, Jonathan Bartlett wrote:

> Why is gnome using WM hints for all of its window-manager integration?
> Wouldn't it be better to simply have all of that stuff in CORBA interfaces
> so anyone can listent that wants to?  That way we could do lots of nifty
> things, like:
> Allow any program to display a user's panel menus
> Allow a user to use a non-gnome-compliant window manager, but just have
> helper apps that accomplish the same thing (by listening to the CORBA
> interfaces).
> This way, noone has to wait until Window Manager X supports the spec, they
> just have to download a little helper app.  
> This could be of benefit in another area as well - Application Menus.  You
> could offload the drawing of menus to the WM, or to whatever helper app
> wants to draw them.  That way, you could configure the crap out of them
> easily, and the GNOME team doesn't even have to program it.  The WM could
> display menus at the top like Macs, or on every application, or wherever
> it feels like.  If the WM doesn't support this, then the user just has to
> download a helper app (well, I gues a default one would be nice) to
> display the menus instead of the WM.  Does this sound reasonable?
> Jon
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