[Psi-devel] Re: The Account Properties Dialog
sneakin at semanticgap.com
Sun Apr 10 21:13:30 PDT 2005
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Francisco Joaquín Rodríguez Prados wrote:
| Having pop-up dialogs is good when you have to use this pop-ups from
| other parts of the application. For example, if you want to change
| your vCard from the contactlist, you open the vCard dialog, not just
| the "account settings" block. If the user wants to change the avatar
| from the chat screen, it is more simple to show a single avatar
| screen, I think.
That's one of the beauties of Qt. Anything that's a QWidget, including
dialogs, can be placed into another QWidget. So any standalone dialog
could possibly be placed inside another dialog, or any widget could be
made into a separate window. The only problem would be with the cancel
and ok buttons, but that's not a big problem at all.
| On the other hand, I find that kind of dialog (with a list of sections
| in the left) hard to navigate. At least more than the tabs.
| But, anyway, maybe the tabs should find a new layout, but I don't have
| any good ideas about it.
Tabs get a little ugly and overwhelming when there are more than one
window's width worth. That's why a list on the left has started to be
used in preference dialogs. There's screen shot on the net somewhere
that demonstrates this with some real-world programs. A third option
would be OS X's setup. Instead of tabs you have a row of icons. It's a
bit NeXTish from what I've seen.
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