Linked by David Adams on Thu 12th May 2011 17:19 UTC, submitted by rhyder
Graphics, User Interfaces Back in the 80s, a GUI paradigm called WIMP (Windows, Icons, Mouse, Pointer) began to establish itself as the new way in which most people interacted with a computer. When it comes to one of the most significant elements of that system, overlapping windows, I'm beginning to wonder, has it had its day?
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Comment by Luminair
by Luminair on Thu 12th May 2011 19:10 UTC
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I don't think overlapping windows is a big concept. Managing a bunch of them sucks and always has, so nobody is trying for force tons of it on users.

But there are definitely some applications that are big. And there are definitely some that are small.

So do you want to PREVENT the small ones from being able to pop up over the big ones? No more popups? No notifications? Everything gets its own panel? I guess iPhone does it, but everyone else has SOME kind of overlap.

The concept of windows overlapping is as basic as a bowl of cereal on the newspaper. I don't see this going away completely.

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RE: Comment by Luminair
by Icaria on Fri 13th May 2011 10:53 in reply to "Comment by Luminair"
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Managing a bunch of them sucks and always has

Agreed, which is why I just posted this on the linux journal article:

Dead simple solution

Dumb down window placement and resizing. No one needs 1920*1080 different possible window sizes and positions; 10*5, or 8*4, or some user-configurable number of x and y fractions is more than enough.

Morons can still maximise and stack every window but tiling has also been made user-accessible and window management just became a lot less daunting. Done, fixed. Next.

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RE[2]: Comment by Luminair
by Luminair on Sat 14th May 2011 14:55 in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
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agreed. the next user interface revolution: standardized window fractions

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