Screen resolution related configuration options

David Faure dfaure at
Mon Feb 24 16:48:00 GMT 2003

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On Monday 24 February 2003 17:12, George Staikos wrote:
> On Monday 24 February 2003 04:35, David Faure wrote:
> > On Sunday 23 February 2003 03:36, George Staikos wrote:
> > > Can someone please provide to me a good argument why screen resolution
> > > dependent KConfig options should be stored?  I understand that the
> > > dialog/widget/window is resized relative to the resolution.  However I
> > > think it makes more sense to check if the stored geometry is greater than
> > > the current geometry, and if it is, shrink it.  If it is too small, the
> > > user can resize easily enough.
> >
> > It's easy to see from the above that the current solution is better than
> > the one you suggest ;) People who often switch between two resolutions find
> > all their window sizes again, in both resolutions, instead of having to
> > resize their windows all the time.
> >
> > > Conversely, if the sizes are stored, then how do you deal with people who
> > > have multi-head or xinerama, and even those who enable and disable smart
> > > placement with xinerama?  It's really ugly.
> >
> > Placement? This isn't about placement, it's about size...
> >
> > What makes multi-head/xinerama special here?
> > If I understand correctly, the overall screen resolution gets twice wider,
> > but you still want your apps to be sized according to a single screen
> > (display? what's the correct word)? Why not use the size of the single
> > screen instead of the overall size, in the KMainWindow code? This would fix
> > the problem the right way IMHO.
>    Not necessarily twice wider.  One could have 800x600, 1280x1024 and 
> 1024x768 all side-by-side, for instance.  Now the new code we have in CVS 
> (that I just spent hours upon hours doing), allows the user to do true 
> Xinerama without any "smart" code.  That's for setups where one has multiple 
> controllers for a single display - like a video wall for instance.  Getting 
> the dimensions of the single screen in that setup is wrong.
>    If we go screen by screen, then how do we deal with apps starting up 
> smaller from one launch to the next just because the mouse pointer happens to 
> be on that head?  If I generally run it on a screen with 1024x768 but then it 
> loads on a screen with 800x600, it will take my uncommon size settings and I 
> have to resize it.

Is there really no way to detect it's going to show up on a 800x600 screen??

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David Faure -- faure at, dfaure at
Qt/KDE/KOffice developer
Klarälvdalens Datakonsult AB, Platform-independent software solutions
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