[Pidgin] #5034: Please bring back the 2.3.1 typing indicator!

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Tue Jul 8 12:50:55 EDT 2008

#5034: Please bring back the 2.3.1 typing indicator!
  Reporter:  Arvedui       |       Owner:                           
      Type:  enhancement   |      Status:  new                      
  Priority:  minor         |   Milestone:  Plugin Suggested         
 Component:  pidgin (gtk)  |     Version:  2.4.0                    
Resolution:                |    Keywords:  animated typing indicator
   Pending:  0             |  
Comment (by deryni):

 Nukkels: What do you mean "lack of buddy name colour indication"? Do you
 mean the buddies name in the typing indicator isn't colored? Why would you
 want that? Also the typing notification was intentionally made subtle so
 that it could be ignored when desired and so it wouldn't be confused with
 a new message sent by the buddy.

 fr1a1nky: The speed at which the keys were 'pressed' in the old typing
 icon was not an indication of the speed your buddy was typing, pidgin gets
 no such notifications.

 Similarly it provided no indication of pauses that the current indicator
 doesn't also provide (unless the new indicator doesn't indicate typing-
 stopped in which case that is a bug and needs fixing).

 I'm not sure how you think it gave an indication of estimated text length
 so I can't really respond to that.

 The previous position was useful under certain circumstances and the new
 position is useful under certain circumstances. Which circumstances occur
 more often in general I do not know.

 The fact that the typing notification does not have a line reserved for it
 is something that has been discussed a number of times but no one has put
 forth a really good argument for forcibly stealing a line of scrollback at
 all times. The current typing notification is disable-able via some gtkrc
 file tweaks (I posted a link to an example gtkrc with the necessary bits a
 couple comments ago). And we have repeatedly suggested that someone
 recreate the old notification as a plugin (which is why the milestone on
 this ticket is Plugin Suggested).

 A plugin is suggested because it doesn't require a patch, it doesn't
 require us to maintain a feature we don't want or use, and it means it can
 be expanded as needed by the people who do want and use it to do the
 things they want it to do.

Ticket URL: <http://developer.pidgin.im/ticket/5034#comment:44>
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