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Re: Window manager interaction

From: Richard Frith-Macdonald
Subject: Re: Window manager interaction
Date: Fri, 16 Oct 2009 20:59:41 +0100

On 16 Oct 2009, at 19:16, Wolfgang Lux wrote:

IMHO Richard's proposal is much too complicated. I'd suggest something
radically simpler: If an application does not have an appicon the hide
command should just minimize all application windows. As far as I
understand this also was the solution used by Apple in OpenStep 4.2 for
Windows. See, e.g., and search for
the term "hide" (with quotation marks) in that document. This can be
implemented trivially with the three-line patch below in NSApplication.m.

Good idea, but unfortunately that approach does not really work and is not really that simple:

1. the app is not properly hidden ... there are potentially loads of miniwindows left visible 2. the app is potentially 'lost' (as at present) if it has no windows (and hence no miniwindows) 3. there is no consideration of unhiding ... allowing for that would require a lot more code (to track which windows were miniaturised as part of the hide process, and automatically deminiaturise them when you click on any of the miniwindows of the 'hidden' app).

Problem (2) is the problem we currently have ... so this approach actually adds an issue (1) without solving the original issue.

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