Conversation window redesign

Luke Schierer lschiere at
Tue May 22 21:42:32 EDT 2007

On Tue, May 22, 2007 at 06:07:22PM -0700, Sean Egan wrote:
> On 5/22/07, Ka-Hing Cheung <khc at> wrote:
> > On Tue, 2007-05-22 at 17:09 -0700, Sean Egan wrote:
> > > Additionally, this could serve as a useful drag-and-drop target, which
> > > would allow us to remove the tabs in one-conversation windows, which
> > > provides consistency with other popular tabbed applications.
> > I dislike that. I think the tab should always be there, otherwise when a
> > background IM comes in the widgets will move around.
> Oh no! How will we ever manage‽ ;)
> Having single-conversation windows not displaying a tab would make it
> consistent with similar applications. It's a change that's requested
> often enough that it indicates there are plenty enough people who
> rarely have more than one conversation open enough that the tabs are
> nothing but a waste of space.
> Granted, those same people might consider this a waste of space ;)

I know of no other application that allows tabs to be dragged across
windows, or into windows, or out of them.  The closest I see is firefox
allowing me to *duplicate* a tab by dragging it to another window.  I
suspect that if other applications tried to support these actions, they
would find themselves showing tabs all the time also.

> > What about other formattings like underline and color? What about
> > formatting that we can no longer send like <strike>?
> Right! Underline! I forgot.
> I strongly doubt anyone ever hits the "underline" button (as opposed
> to Ctrl+U), but if it's a concern, I can manage to get around to
> finishing work on imhtml to add formatting options to its context
> menu, which should alleviate it some.

We have regular, though not frequent, requests to insert all sorts of
protocol-supported html into the conversation text, from hr tags to sub
and superscript.  I would still like to see that supported at some


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