Features inquiry/suggestions

Stephen Wilson (greywolf@bane.com)
Wed, 17 Feb 1999 18:12:52 -0500


{ This is excerpted from my recent post. Forgive me for
any ideas or suggestions that may be duplicated from
other possible posts. }

        Anyways, great work on all you've done with AfterStep
        (to those applicable). I've had no real problems
        ever using AfterStep, whether it be compiling and
        installing or running and configuring it. 
        I would, however, like to make a few comments, queries,
        criticisms:

CRIT    1. It's getting really annoying to constantly have
        to reconfigure files with each update and install.
        (I love doing it, but it takes up a bit of time)
        
SUGG    1a. Is it possible to chunk a good portion of the
QUER    settings files into one main file and then have
        some sort of "Settings" module that acts as a 
        go-between between AfterStep and other modules
        for any settings? i.e..
        CONFIG <-> SETTING <-> AFTERSTEP/OTHER
                   MODULE         MODULES
        This might help with ascp development, themes,
        etc. If all changes could be made to the one
        config file or even "through" the "Settings"
        module.

QUER    2. Is it possible to change the resolution
        settings on-the-fly with X? i.e.. 16bpp->8bpp
        or even 800x600 -> 640x480
        If this is possible, would it be possible
        to have the Pager allow one pane at one
        resolution or screen size to be different
        from another. I.E.
         --------------------------------
        |800x600@16bpp   | 640x480@16bpp |
        |                |               |
        |----------------|---------------|
        |640x480@8bpp    | etc.          |
        |________________|_______________|
        
        It sounds like something that is dependent on
        X rather than something AfterStep can do. Someone
        please confirm this suspicion.

CRIT    3. I like the new vertical title bar feature alot
SUGG    however, are there any possibilities that someone
        is going to try to code it so that the title is
        displayed sideways rather than just being displayed
        on the side in an up-to-down fashion? Some titles
        in the title bars can be long and it looks a little
        awful with the space between each letter. Regardless,
        good work on this feature!

        Other than that, I've enjoyed using AfterStep and
        hope to continue doing so! I truly believe in the
        phrase, "good things come to those that wait".
        So don't rush the releases guys! And a note to
        all AfterStep advocates, "preach" the good word
        about AfterStep, I'm tired of hearing all about
        WindowMaker. It's nice and all but not really
        making strides like AfterStep is. Good luck in
        all your endeavours, folks!

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