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authorrhp <rhp>2001-07-26 03:14:45 +0000
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@@ -31,8 +31,10 @@ METACITY FEATURES
letter in the menu item works.
Choose Move from menu, and arrow keys to move the window.
+
While moving, hold down Control to move slower, and
Shift to snap to edges.
+
Choose Resize from menu, and nothing happens yet, but
eventually I might implement something.
@@ -85,11 +87,17 @@ METACITY FEATURES
look in frames.c:meta_frames_class_init() for all the style
properties that you can configure.
+ Metacity-specific styles can also be included in any GTK+
+ theme.
+
- Metacity implements much of the new window manager spec from
freedesktop.org, and much of the ICCCM. But then there are
parts of each that it doesn't implement, just because I haven't
yet.
+ - Uses Pango to render text, so has cool i18n capabilities.
+ Supports UTF-8 window titles and such.
+
METACITY BUGS, NON-FEATURES, AND CAVEATS
===
@@ -154,6 +162,17 @@ METACITY BUGS, NON-FEATURES, AND CAVEATS
Metacity needs to keep this area up-to-date using the hints the
panel sets.
+ - Should really support click-to-focus as an option.
+
+ - Windows has a neat way of implementing Alt-Tab for
+ window cycling that I would like to copy. (The little
+ popup window thing.)
+
+ - Should Metacity support flipping in right-to-left locales?
+ I don't know what window managers look like in a right-to-left
+ locale. I assume the window titles should be right-justified;
+ should the window controls also be flipped?
+
COMPILING METACITY
===
@@ -161,22 +180,32 @@ You need GTK+ 1.3.x (to become 2.0). See configure.in for the exact
version you need. Metacity is a fairly trivial 6000-line C program, so
once you get GTK+ built it should be no problem to build Metacity.
-REPORTING BUGS
+REPORTING BUGS AND SUBMITTING PATCHES
===
Report new bugs to hp@redhat.com for now. Will switch to Bugzilla
sometime probably.
+Feel free to send patches too; Metacity is really small and simple, so
+if you find a bug or want to add a feature it should be pretty easy.
+
FAQ
===
Q: Will you add my feature?
-A: Probably not, unless it makes sense to turn on by unconditionally,
+A: If it makes sense to turn on unconditionally,
or is genuinely a harmless preference that I would not
- be embarrassed to put in a user-friendly configuration dialog.
+ be embarrassed to put in a simple, uncluttered, user-friendly
+ configuration dialog.
+
+ If the only rationale for your feature is that other window
+ managers have it, or that you are personally used to it, or something
+ like that, then I will not be impressed. Metacity is firmly in the
+ "choose good defaults" camp rather than the "offer 6 equally broken
+ ways to do it, and let the user pick one" camp.
- Metacity has a "no crackrock" policy, with some exceptions
+ This is part of a "no crackrock" policy, despite some exceptions
I'm mildly embarrassed about. For example, multiple workspaces
probably constitute crackrock, they confuse most users
and really are not that useful if you have a decent tasklist and
@@ -185,7 +214,11 @@ A: Probably not, unless it makes sense to turn on by unconditionally,
keybindings are definitely on crack.
But don't think unlimited crack is OK just because I slipped up a
- little. No slippery slope here.
+ little. No slippery slope here.
+
+ Don't let this discourage patches and fixes - I love those. ;-)
+ Just be prepared to hear the above objections if your patch
+ adds some crack-ridden configuration option.
Q: How do I add a configuration option?
@@ -196,10 +229,12 @@ Q: Will Metacity be part of GNOME?
A: If Metacity is ever better than the other options, and the GNOME
Project so chooses. But Metacity may continue to suck forever
- because I might get tired of it; or Metacity's conservative
- nature might not make sense for the snazzy world of
- GNOME. Who knows. I'm not worrying about this, and you shouldn't
- either.
+ because I might get tired of working on it; or Metacity's feature
+ set might not make sense for GNOME. Who knows. I'm not worrying
+ about this, and you shouldn't either.
+
+ For now Metacity is my toy hobby project that I work on when I feel
+ like it.
Q: Why can't I move XMMS?