#63 Option for vertical tabs

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2004-05-12
2004-05-12
Jake Weston
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The tabs are a great addition. Fairly quickly I used
them so much that they became less useful - once enough
tabs are open, the names start to be truncated. With
the code I work with, many filenames share the first ~8
characters and so the tabs can no longer distinguish
the files and you need to rely on tooltips. It is
possible to tweak the resources to place a limit on the
number of tabs per line, but that activates the
tab-line-juggling feature which makes it unworkable.

I think there is value in an option to rotate the tabs
and place them in a vertical list to the left of the
text. I have hacked a version to use the relevant mode
of the folder widget, and it has some advantages:

- it is simple to see similarities between files,
corresponding .h files etc.

- hence easier to pick from

- many more files can be added before it stops being
useful (by the lowest tabs falling off the bottom of
the screen)

- echos more the files view of IDEs than tabbed
browsers (clearly a personal preference)

Like tabs themselves it is obviously not an option
everyone would use, but it is great for dealing with
many similar files. Enclosed is a shot of it working.
I'm afraid I don't have the Motif skills to make it
into a patch - there are several problems with resize
behaviour.

Thanks,

Jake

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  • Jake Weston
    Jake Weston
    2004-05-12

    Vertical tabs

     
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    It's a possibility. Another thing discussed was AFAIR to have
    more than one row of tabs under the menu bar. For further
    discussion you can join the list
    http://www.nedit.org/mail.shtml

    Notice also that you could group files in multiple windows, so
    that you have less tabs in a single window.

    -- Joerg