[wingide-users] Tiny feature request

Martin Frankel martin_d_frankel at yahoo.com
Thu Jun 22 13:08:34 EDT 2006

 > And like I said earlier: almost anything is better than it is now.

I respectfully disagree. I like the tabs precisely the way they are. I 
certainly would not like anything that makes them take up more real 
estate. Numbers are great because they are maximally compact. Larger 
tabs are a big lose. An adaptive algorithm that makes them take up more 
space when the space is available is OK, I guess, but who cares about 
seeing a lot of info when you have only one or two files open? The time 
you really need that information is when the bar is already full. Also 
the non-adaptive tabs act as a sort of instant visual bar graph of how 
many files you have open. If they were adaptive they would lose that 
cue. I know it sounds silly but this type of cue is what good user 
interface is made of.

If you want to know exactly what you're editing, there is the tool tip 
John mentioned, but there is also the window title which constantly 
displays the full path of the file you are typing into.

I think this is a tempest in a teacup.

> By having the tabs on each split makes it very hard to work on  
> several files side-by-side.

I use "Separate tool box windows" layout mode, and I open another editor 
window rather than opening a split. This follows the behavior you are 
requesting, with different tabs in each window. It's perhaps not quite 
as convenient as splits, but it's not bad. The only extra real estate 
you give up is a few pixels of window manager decoration.


>Charles Hartman wrote:
>>It could also help solve a basically insoluble problem: if tabs are  
>>small enough to be convenient they're too small to hold fully  
>>distinctive names.
>I agree that the tab labels could be better and most of the suggestions 
>here are quite good, but currently the way to see the full file name is 
>in the tooltip that appears when the mouse hovers over the label.  Are 
>these not appearing?  Wing may need a preference to keep showing these 
>when the other tooltips are turned off.
>Going forward, we do want to improve this with drag-n-drop, options to 
>not replicate all files in all splits, notebook scrolling arrows that 
>don't change the current page, and longer labels when there's room.  I 
>also want renameable labels, but more for tool panels in toolboxes than 
>for documents.
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