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bug#7004: 23.2; In fullscreen mode, the echo area takes too much vertica

From: Tassilo Horn
Subject: bug#7004: 23.2; In fullscreen mode, the echo area takes too much vertical space
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2011 21:31:52 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.110014 (No Gnus v0.14) Emacs/24.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Dani Moncayo <address@hidden> writes:

Hi Dani,

>> Emacs issues size hints to the window manager, which tells it the
>> width and height of how emacs wants to be painted.  These sizes are
>> exactly divisible by the number of lines/columns emacs should
>> display, which depends on font size and stuff like that.
> With my previous approach, there would be no need for such hints.

Window manager hints are nothing special about emacs:


> Emacs should be able to adapt itself to any pixel size imposed by the
> window manager (which in turn obeys to the user).

I don't see what would be the benefit of your approach.  What's the
value of being able to see half or quarter lines/columns?

Well, there's one case, where I can see it being useful, and that's when
images are shown in a buffer that also contains text, because images
occupy exactly one column/line, just like a huge glyph.  In contrast to
browsers, emacs doesn't use standard GTK or Qt canvas, where you get
that for free, but underly other restrictions which are more crucial to


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