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Re: New balance-windows

From: Pascal Bourguignon
Subject: Re: New balance-windows
Date: Sat, 06 Aug 2005 22:45:42 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Lennart Borgman <address@hidden> writes:
>>I think a correct algorithm should recover the split tree, then make
>>the balancing depending on the window counts in subtrees.
> Is the problem really that welldefined in Emacs? Do you know how the
> windows have been splitted? The difference above may perhaps be seen
> as emerging from that difficulty?

Indeed, but the data is available at least internally, so it should be
easy to patch emacs to publish window parameters like it's done for
frame parameters for example.

File: elisp,  Node: Window Internals

Window Internals

   Windows have the following accessible fields:

     The frame that this window is on.

     Non-`nil' if this window is a minibuffer window.

     Internally, Emacs arranges windows in a tree; each group of
     siblings has a parent window whose area includes all the siblings.
     This field points to a window's parent.

     Parent windows do not display buffers, and play little role in
     display except to shape their child windows.  Emacs Lisp programs
     usually have no access to the parent windows; they operate on the
     windows at the leaves of the tree, which actually display buffers.

     The following four fields also describe the window tree structure.

     In a window subdivided horizontally by child windows, the leftmost
     child.  Otherwise, `nil'.

     In a window subdivided vertically by child windows, the topmost
     child.  Otherwise, `nil'.

     The next sibling of this window.  It is `nil' in a window that is
     the rightmost or bottommost of a group of siblings.

     The previous sibling of this window.  It is `nil' in a window that
     is the leftmost or topmost of a group of siblings.

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