Status indicators in tabs

Etan Reisner pidgin at
Sat Jun 23 16:52:41 EDT 2007

On Sat, Jun 23, 2007 at 04:47:16PM -0400, William Ehlhardt wrote:
> In order to address the "duplicate information" issue, how about
> showing the status icon in the tab itself for inactive tabs, and in
> the infopane only for the active tab?

Dancing/jumping widgets is annoying, so I don't much like this opinion,
but it does get suggested a lot.

> I personally find the status icons in tabs to be useful, as I do not
> have to summon the buddy list in order to see what status someone I am
> talking to has switched to. While putting that information in the tab
> as well as the buddy list is somewhat redundant, redundancy is
> sometimes helpful in human interfaces, and I think that is the case
> here.

Switching to the buddy list is not necessary even now, you can just switch
to the tab for the buddy, since the information is in the infopane. So,
the inconvenience here is in being unable to Just See It as opposed to
being forced to switch windows to see it.

> -William


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