A look at GNOME 2.14, comparison to KDE

Aaron J. Seigo aseigo at kde.org
Wed Feb 22 19:54:07 GMT 2006

On Wednesday 22 February 2006 00:58, Anders Lund wrote:
> Frames was added to KMail windows at some point, probably to address the
> problem with the look/feel of splitters

there are still areas where this "problem" shows up. it's a lesser of two 
evils sort of thing
> does not position a 
> scrollbar at the edge of the window: you can't throw the mouse at the edge
> of the screen with a maximized window and drag to scroll.

it would be nice if we communicated into the widgets that the window was 
maximized so that "outermost" widgets could do things like get ride of frames 
and margins.

> I don't know how it would be best to address that problem -- maybe by
> allowing to specify if a splitter should have a border on either side?

another approach may be to say in the KDE4 HIG "don't use frames around 
widgets that are bound by splitters or which are the outermost widget in a 
tabwidget" and then specify that splitters MUST have borders for a style to 
be HIG-compliant.

personally, i'm fine with people being able to mess up their desktop by 
installing new add-ons, flipping on odd configuration options or hacking the 
code directly. (we can't prevent it, anyways =) what matters to me are the 
defaults and, with KDE4, "HIG compliant" components / add-ons.

Aaron J. Seigo
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