Featurlets for 4.7

John Layt johnlayt at googlemail.com
Thu Feb 17 13:22:03 CET 2011

On Tuesday 15 February 2011 17:59:54 Aaron J. Seigo wrote:
> the timezone tooltip already does use a table to align content. as for the
> calendar popups: don't bother. i've started a branch in kde-workspace
> called plasmaclock/eventsinline where i plan to gratuitously steal some
> design ideas from gnome-shell's calendar popup: calendar on the left,
> events on the right.

Interesting, I'll have a look.  Kind of like the NetworkManger plasmoid pop-up 
I guess?  But surely we'll still need the old pop-up on hover over the clock 
itself, or will people always need to pop up the calendar first?  Will that 
change days on hover or on click?  Will that work on space constrained devices 
(mobile, netbook)?  How's that going to look popping up from the panel clock 
in the bottom right corner (The gnome screenshot I just found looks a little 
unbalanced)?  Could the events list code be shared with a standalone plasmoid 
as well?

There's a wish (https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=186913) to show the 
temperature in the clock which I didn't include as it's the wrong place, but 
having a side panel like that would have the room for a weather icon and 
summary at the top, like all those weather/calendar home screen widgets you 
see on Android.  A thought anyway.

Hmmm, I must find time to prototype my zoomable calendar idea for mobile 
devices, shamelessly stolen from Win7 and put on steroids :-)

> KAlarm is in kdepim and is an application; not sure it makes sense to
> integrate with KAlarm itself. if the data is kept in akonadi, then it could
> be put there? my concern, however, would be that if there is no GUI
> provided for the alarms (e.g. due to not having kdepim installed), then we
> end up with a feature that is useless. some thought should be put into
> making alarm notifications a desktop service perhaps that we can rely on
> being there.

Yes, KAlarm is being Akonadified in kdepim 4.6, so at least displaying them 
will be easy that way, not sure about adding but I assume so.  I'll make it 
clear it should be added to the calendar or akonadi data engine.

KAlarm also has a dbus interface for adding alarms which pops up KAlarm's add 
dialog, so that might be another option.  I wonder how standalone kalarmd is 
from the rest of kdepim?  I'll be at the kdepim sprint next weekend, so I can 
always ask djarvie then.


> -1; what is the use case for this? unlike with the date, where it is a
> matter of how much information is shown versus how much space it takes up,
> there is no such issue with the time. all this would mean is bloating the
> config UI, add more (if trivial in this case) code paths and provide one
> more place that the user needs to go fiddle with things. please, no.

There's wish for it at https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=210613.  If it's 
not something we want we can close that.

> > * Apply font to date & timezone text as well?
> if it isn't, it should be.

It doesn't.  Hmmm, I wonder though with some fonts if that's a good thing or 
not, if you use a classic segmented lcd font it looks great with the clock 
numbers, but not sure for date/tz text.  Well, someone can try anyway.


> > * Improve text auto-layout code, there's many bugs reported.
> listing BR#s on the page would nice ..

Done, I've listed 17 layout related bugs which would need further triaging to 
see if still valid.  The maximum possible size especially seems to be wrongly 
calculated, and possibly vertical panels as well.

Some other wishes that we could respond to or close with "No":

 * Blinking dots on clock 

 * Display timezone above time and date below

 * Remove clock border 

 * Resize calendar to show multiple months

 * Add optional date to analogue clock

 * Ability to turn off calendar week numbers

 * Close button on calendar pop-up



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