Opened 8 months ago

Closed 6 weeks ago

#14758 closed enhancement (no change required)

[Stack and Tile] Add option to display tabs on other sides

Reported by: NullAndVoid Owned by: czeidler
Priority: normal Milestone: Unscheduled
Component: Add-Ons/Decorators/Default Version: R1/Development
Keywords: Cc:
Blocked By: #7805 Blocking:
Has a Patch: no Platform: All

Description

Add option to display window tabs on other sides of the window.

Two Tracker windows are tiled to Koder, with their window tabs on the left. Tracker windows with tabs on the left side.

Attachments (1)

SAT_tab_position.png (65.5 KB) - added by NullAndVoid 8 months ago.
Tracker windows with tabs on the left side.

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Change History (5)

Changed 8 months ago by NullAndVoid

Attachment: SAT_tab_position.png added

Tracker windows with tabs on the left side.

comment:1 Changed 8 months ago by NullAndVoid

This ticket should be blocked by #7868, not #7805. Can somebody with permissions correct the mistake. Sorry for the noise.

Last edited 8 months ago by NullAndVoid (previous) (diff)

comment:2 Changed 8 months ago by -Meanwhile-

BeOS and Haiku use the Desktop metaphor in the most consistent manner.

Instead of the strange combination of windows on (in?) a desktop that Windows went with in the days when BeOS was around, they went with file cards to represent files, laying on top of a desktop, just like in the real world. These file cards have tabs on the top, also just like in the real world. Perfectly consistent.

With tabs placed on the left you leave this consistency and damage the metaphor.

You also seem to assume that text that's rotated 90 degrees is still readable enough, which is at least doubtful.
It also forces users to be more aware of which tab symbol to use: the square or the 'two square'. This disturbs the workflow.

The OS should function as something so consistent that you can fully rely on it and also so logical that it fully gets out of the way in order to let you smoothly and quickly accomplish what you set out to do.

It doesn't take much to destroy this hard to reach full reliability that the interface professionals at Be Inc. have achieved back in the day and which ideally should survive in the recreation of BeOS that Haiku wants to be. See it as a house of cards.

Last edited 8 months ago by -Meanwhile- (previous) (diff)

comment:3 Changed 8 months ago by humdinger

Now that I see it, and reflected upon it some more, I agree with -Meanwhile-.
Better just keep the window tab where it is. Maybe stretched to full width as the contents of a window below that peeks thru the gap could be irritating.

comment:4 Changed 6 weeks ago by waddlesplash

Resolution: no change required
Status: newclosed

There is an undocumented way to move window tabs to the sides for developers that really want it, though. But it will probably stay that way.

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