Moving QExtMDI to kdelibs

Cornelius Schumacher schumacher at
Tue May 13 23:07:25 BST 2003

On Tuesday 13 May 2003 23:39, Jason Keirstead wrote:
> Whether or not MDI is horrible in theory is not the issue.. it is if
> the user should be forced ot use SDI when they don't want to. I can
> tell you right now that if the MDI was removed from Konq, Kate, and
> Konsole we would suddenly see the usage of those apps drop like a
> rock, and I would probably be forced to ditch KDE altogether for
> (ugh) GNOME, because I *like* MDI (tab style), always have. I still
> turn it on whenever I fire up MS Office under Windows, and many many
> other people feel the same way, proven by the huge number of MDI apps
> already in KDE.

I agree that MDI as in Konsole and Konqueror is useful and improves 
these applications, but these are fine-tuned implmentations for this 
specific applications. Something like the "windows-in-windows" approach 
known from Windows (or as in Qt designer) is a nightmare, because it 
just adds restrictions and side-effects without any gain.

> I think this QExtMdi would be excellent in kdelibs because finally
> all these MDI apps can have a consistant interface and features.
> Right now they all behave differently. But the ability to switch from
> tab mode to to level mode on the fly in apps like Konq and Kate and
> KOffice would be a dream come true for me.

And you would also get new interesting bugs and support problems (It's 
much more easy to understand bug reports when you know how the windows 
a user sees look like).

Cornelius Schumacher <schumacher at>

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