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Impossible to find Active tab in multi-column layout

Postby hemancuso on Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:17 pm

It's not impossible, but you have to hunt down a blinking caret.

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When you're in a multi-column layout it's very hard to quickly figure out which tab has focus, and when you're moving between a shell and ST2 regularly, it's painful to figure out exactly where to look if you have anything other than a single column of tabs.
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Re: Impossible to find Active tab in multi-column layout

Postby sublimator on Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:26 pm

Yes!

Groups need some kind of identifer label and an active group border.

Sublime has support for arbitrarily complex layouts but the UI/UX isn't quite there yet.
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Re: Impossible to find Active tab in multi-column layout

Postby C0D312 on Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:32 pm

castles_made_of_sand wrote:Yes!

Groups need some kind of identifer label and an active group border.

Sublime has support for arbitrarily complex layouts but the UI/UX isn't quite there yet.


I agree, but it shouldn't be something on the tab, maybe some different shadowing around the border to identify the active group, mostly because I keep tabs hidden.
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Re: Impossible to find Active tab in multi-column layout

Postby sublimator on Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:36 pm

This is an exaggeration:

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But the point being it would be great to have some way of knowing the group number/id/index for more complex layouts.
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Re: Impossible to find Active tab in multi-column layout

Postby hemancuso on Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:47 pm

Even something as simple as this would get us most of the way there:
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Re: Impossible to find Active tab in multi-column layout

Postby C0D312 on Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:48 pm

castles_made_of_sand wrote:This is an exaggeration

What do you mean? That's what my layout looks like all the time ;)

By the way, @castles_made_of_sand, how's your layout splitting plugin coming along?
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Re: Impossible to find Active tab in multi-column layout

Postby sublimator on Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:12 pm

>>> how's your layout splitting plugin coming along?

It works enough to be useful and I'm finding myself using splits/clones etc alot more often ( I used to feel claustrophobic every time i ventured from a 1x1 layout)

However there's a few blocking API/UX issues.

I've got split at cursor working etc but It's going to have automatic cell sizing eventually, shrinkwrapping around the visible regions. You can see a proof of concept here, expanding and hugging tight against the longest visible line: http://retortrecords.com/sounds/autohug ... ggery.html

I want to hook up a graph for auto association between various regions in various buffers. Step 1: learn about graphs lol
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Re: Impossible to find Active tab in multi-column layout

Postby sublimator on Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:15 pm

Commands like selecting regions in buffer[s] and using folding and layouts to tile out the regions .. Using inversion folding around regions to create view based sidebars...

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Re: Impossible to find Active tab in multi-column layout

Postby sublimator on Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:25 pm

hemancuso wrote:Even something as simple as this would get us most of the way there:
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Only the tab for the active group is highlighted?

But then how would you know which buffer is active in each group? This is handy to have.
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Re: Impossible to find Active tab in multi-column layout

Postby hemancuso on Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:34 pm

You can tell which buffer is active in the left group because it is separated from the content by the short gradient, not the line marking the top of the buffer.
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