Three different tab implementations

Waldo Bastian bastian at
Fri Jan 31 11:15:54 GMT 2003

On Friday 31 January 2003 13:56, Jan Van Dijk wrote:
> If tabs are considered Bad Practice, a note in the style guide may be
> appropriate.

The style guide mostly takes offense with MDI implementation such as Qt 
Designer where the application unnecassery restricts the placement of windows 
and imposes his own idea of a desktop on the user. Star Office is another 
example of such restricting interface.

Tabs are a whole different class of MDI, they also restrict the user in the 
sense that only one document at the time is visible, but in this case that 
can be considered a feature assuming that the user has deliberately choosen 
to use this in order to better manage a substantial set of similar documents.

One could also argue that the desire to use the above mentioned forms of MDI 
comes from the lack of grouping facilities in the current generation window 
managers. But I don't think that's a very strong argument unless you can come 
up with a window manager that indeed manages to take away that desire.

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