Reducing tab size

Luke Schierer lschiere at
Mon Aug 6 22:55:09 EDT 2007

On Tue, Aug 07, 2007 at 01:25:55AM +0200, Lukas Barth wrote:
> Ethan Blanton schrieb:
> > What have you lost?  In my view, the font decorations lose no
> > information over status icons, and in fact are *more* intuitive (in a
> > vacuum); I presume that the label shortening is either only used when
> > there is space pressure, or *could* be made to operate so.  The x icon
> > carried no information that the textual x does not.  What am I
> > missing?
> You're right, the font decorations do not lose any information, but I 
> also would prefer if there were a way of enabling the old style of 
> status indication in the tabs, just because I think the icons are easier 
> to identify than text decorations, especially when using small fonts. 
> (And using big fonts makes me lose more space for my 125815398 
> conversations than icons do ;)).
> I'm not a typesetter or a biologist, but i think especially "striked" 
> out is hard to identify, because horizontal lines can be part of letters 
> as well. The icons are very eye-friendly: IMHO it's very easy to 
> distinguish between different colors (If you're not colorblind, of 
> course) - The "offline" icon is gray, the "available" is green, the 
> "dnd" is red, the "away" is blue or yellow - all of these colors can be 
> distinguished from two meters distance from the monitor.

Colors are *hard.*  Even if you are not color blind.  I have long since
lost track of the number of bugs and complaints we have seen relating to
not being able to see this or that color against this or that
background.   The only real work around to this is to make them
accessible to the gtkrc, but then you lose all ability to document the
colors.  This is *not* a good situation.


> No, I'm not sitting 2 meters from my monitor, but things that are 
> difficult to identify make the eyes (at least my eyes) getting tired, 
> and people who spend a lot of time in front of a monitor (and I guess 
> many of Pidgin's users do ;)) are thankful for anything granting a 
> little relief to the eyes. ;)
> Lukas
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