Status indicators in tabs

Nirbheek Chauhan nirbheek.chauhan at
Sat Jun 23 19:08:29 EDT 2007

I was thinking, since Pidgin has different colours for different
statuses, why not use that as an indicator for the status of a
particular buddy?
It could be anything; a mild tint to the tab (too flashy IMO), a
coloured line a few pixels wide on top of the tab (similar to the way
the active tab is coloured), etc

On 6/24/07, Etan Reisner <pidgin at> wrote:
> On Sat, Jun 23, 2007 at 06:25:59PM -0400, Evan Schoenberg wrote:
> > Adium handles the status-in-tabs issue by using the status icon in
> > the 'close widget' location; when hovered, it switches to the close
> > widget.  This lets the space have dual functionality.
> >
> > I've heard from only a couple users over the course of the past 3
> > years who find this behavior confusing; I've watched first time users
> > who, when asked to close the tab,  immediately go for that location
> > on the tab, presumably based on prior tab implementation experiences
> > (Firefox, for example), and have their expectation confirmed by the
> > switch on-hover.  (Many hit cmd-w, which is system standard for
> > close, choosing not to use the mouse for the task at all).
> >
> > -Evan
> I would guess that the fact that you have a system-standard close binding,
> and presumably menu item, for this sort of thing, combined with the fact
> that the default OS X red/green/blue (or whatever colors they are) only
> have icon bits when hovered over play heavily into the number of
> complaints about this that you have. I doubt that the numbers would hold
> up so favorably in the Windows and X worlds.
> I also just happen to dislike things changing semantics like that, labels
> should be labels and buttons should be buttons, but I that's just a
> personal thing.
>         -Etan
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