[texworks] Tabs in the future?

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Thu Aug 5 03:19:56 CEST 2010

On 4 August 2010 Arno Trautmann wrote:

 > TeXWorld wrote:
 > > Le 03/08/2010 17:38, Christopher Desjardins a Žcrit :
 > >> I think that tabs might be a nice feature as well. However, the
 > >> thing that I like about TeXworks more than other LaTeX editors
 > >> is that it is lightweight. It runs fast, loads fast, and the
 > >> previewer is fast. I prefer speed and the lightweight nature
 > >> over additional features, if there's a tie, especially since
 > >> they are so many other LaTeX editors with tons of features
 > >> including tabs.
 > > 
 > > I don't think that tabs will automatically make TeXworks heavier
 > > to run.
 > If you are running linux, you can use a window manager that does
 > tabbing for you, e.g. fluxbox. That way you can tab every
 > application (also different applications, whatever you want) into
 > one window, therefore no need to force tabs in an application :) I
 > donÕt know wether something similar exists for Windows/Mac.

I don't think that TW should depend on a particular window manager.
Nobody will use a particular window manager only because it provides
tabs while others provide a lot of other features.

I'm not convinced that providing tabs is a good idea at all.  Suppose
that there are two files, "file1.tex" and "file2.tex".  Then you get
tabs like


But when there are many files, you get tabs like


Isn't Windows' task bar deterrent enough?

Since we write horizontically, it's better to arrange filenames


and there is no need to cripple them.  A pop-up menu would be much
better than tabs.  Especially because tabs waste space on screen.


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