Floating Assistants

Olivier JG olivier.jg at gmail.com
Tue Nov 9 11:58:14 UTC 2010

On 11/09/2010 07:15 PM, David Nolden wrote:
> This look interesting. The question is how well it works together with 
> code-completion, will the float appear in a position that doesn't 
> conflict with the completion-widget? Also it must be carefully placed 
> so that it doesn't interfere with the users work. The good thing about 
> the assistants at the bottom is that you can easily ignore them.
I made sure the placement is out-of-the-way enough, but it's true that 
it may interfere with code-completion. The current assistants don't pop 
up in a context where you'd want code-completion I believe, but that's 
more of a coincidence than something to count on. Hrm...
> Regarding the "ignoring": Maybe it would be nice if the assistant 
> system could remember whether the assistant was hidden, and from then 
> on only show a mini-float somewhere at the border of the editor, which 
> can be restored using alt-0.
That would certainly be good, though I'd prefer to think about that 
after this is set.
> The other question is how well all the different assistants could deal 
> with such a low amount of shown information. Is the widget flexible 
> enough to show larger texts (maybe aligning them vertically rather 
> than horizontally)?
One of the ideas in doing this was to simplify the information shown 
right off, I think the tooltips are adequate for when the user wants to 
see exactly what will happen. Don't you think?

Thanks for taking a look,

-Olivier JG

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