UI suggestions

Kevin M Stange kevin at simguy.net
Mon Jun 18 04:56:59 EDT 2007

Sean Egan wrote:
> On 6/17/07, Aleve Sicofante <asicofante at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 3- Friends' pictures are shown to the right of the window, while names are
>> on the left. Unless the window is stretched to a very narrow width, it's
>> hard to see who the picture belongs too.
>> Put friends' pictures right in between the friend's status icon and the
>> friend's name.
> The better solution is to turn on the "rules" hint, which tells the
> GTK+ engine that this very situation may arise: that it may be very
> hard to see whom each picture belongs to. The engine will typically
> draw the rows in alternating colors, or perhaps draw subtle lines to
> separate the rows.
> This looks like: http://pidgin.im/~seanegan/screenshot6.png
> When I did this before 2.0.0, everyone yelled at me, and argued the
> opposite... that unless the window is stretched to a very wide width,
> it's hard *not* to see whom the picture belongs to. It was removed by
> other developers; perhaps more than once.

This sounds evil, but would it make any sense to turn on the rules hint
if the treeview expands beyond a certain width (dynamically)?

I strongly dislike the appearance alternating colors and they do not
have any useful function at the size I keep the buddy list window.
However, for a really large window, it clearly makes sense to set the
treeview to this mode.  Though, I can't understand why anyone would make
their buddy list window that wide.


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