[As-users] Feature Request: Tabbed Window Groups

Doug Alcorn (dalcorn@z-kat.com)
Tue, 18 May 2004 09:25:19 -0400

I've been away from AfterStep for a while, but I'm finding myself
annoyed with my current window manager.  However, there is one
feature that keeps me from leaving it.  Since Sasha seems to be the
uber-hacker, I thought he might be interested... :-)

I use PWM (http://modeemi.cs.tut.fi/~tuomov/pwm/).  AFAIK, it was the
first window manager to implement tabs.  This is a very useful
feature that allows you to group multiple applications into what
appears to be the same frame.  The windows have the exact same
position and size.  When you move one, you move them all.  When you
resize one, you resize them all.  The titlebar of the application
group is segmented so that the titles of all the windows are easily
visible.  There are bindings to attach a new window to the
frame/stack/group and detach it.  There are also bindings to rotate
through the frame/stack/group.  A screen shot showing this feature is


Honestly, I don't know how hard something like this is to implement.
I'm mostly just sticking with PWM because it works.  However, it also
doesn't work.  I've recently added a second monitor to my setup and
PWM doesn't handle xinerama well at all.  PWM also doesn't give that
fine grained control over window treatment.  Unfortunately it seems
like the the PWM author has moved on to redesigns of PWM that really
make it not PWM.  So, development work on PWM has pretty much

Anyway, there you go.  How hard would this be to do in AfterStep?
Doug "kyhdacya" Alcorn - Software Engineer - mailto:dalcorn@z-kat.com
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