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Re: Multiple Document Interfaces

From: Nicolas Roard
Subject: Re: Multiple Document Interfaces
Date: Fri, 28 May 2004 05:35:00 -1100

On 2004-05-28 15:43:33 +0000 Java script Dude <address@hidden> wrote:

Instead, if a tab control is used to display the instances of files or
frames of data, the number of windows open in the WM can be reduced
without any loss of usability. Even though I do use a virtual desktop
to manage the groupings of application instances, without tabs in
applications the number of windows I have opened would triple.

There are some of the applications that I use daily that use this
multiple tab feature that could easily utilize a low level framework:
(snip examples)

Well, you don't want MDI then; what you want is documents tabs.
And on this one I quite agree with MJ Ray : ideally, it shouldn't be the application's job, but the windows manager job (and some windows managers
propose just that).
Though, it could be interesting to have some control over the tabs at the application level (for example, to automatically create a new tab instead of a new window ?). And there is also the problem with OS that don't have tab-support
in the window manager..
It could perhaps be interesting to have tab-support in thoses cases (an option for
NSDocument apps?).
Anyway, it's not really something difficult to add in an application if the developer wants it.

Unfortunately, my current job does not warrant any C/C++/Obj-C apps.
Instead, I   only need to develop Web based apps using Java, TCL,
Python, DHTML and Object Relational Data frameworks (PDM's). I'd love
to move to Obj-C but don't have any projects (yet).

Try GNUstepWeb ;-)

Nicolas Roard

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