Shell Yes! — 2nd Issue
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 17:24 - GNOME
It has been quite a few weeks already since the first installment of "Shell Yes!" and it's definitely time for an updated. Back then I concluded optimistically announcing build problems were over, it did not prove to be totally true, but still, development happened and we are now back to full speed, and there are many interesting things to note…
Accessibility Indicator, the first of its kind, exposing many important features, such as high contrast, large text, screen reader, and others. They are not all implemented yet but for example the magnifier is, and it's working really nicely.
Then there are modal dialogs, they were traditionnaly displayed as normal dialogs, it just happened they would block their parent windows, making them refuse all inputs. The difference from normal dialogs has been made clear and the modal dialogs are now displayed as attached to their main window.
As I am writing about window appearance I should of course mention that the design team started putting together a theme. Of course it's also a work in progress and there are many pieces but the Mutter/Metacity theme is already well advanced and working nicely.
I didn't touch the subject when talking about the accessibility indicator, there has been a lot of work going on around icons in the panel, with a division in two kinds, system status, "always on" icons at the top, and transient, "messages" icons in a bottom "Message Tray", that provides direct access to the history of notifications, making it possible to acknowledge them well after the moment they are displayed.
Many other things would be worth mentioning if I didn't want to keep this short (and I am already failing at this point), for exemple it's now possible to push windows over top edges to get them maximised to half the screen. It's really nice to use as wide monitors are getting common.
Last but not least, Florian Müllner already mentioned this in his blog, he pushed a branch with the new overview layout, as exposed at GUADEC, it's already quite nice to get a feel of what's to come.
And that sums it up for this second installment of "Shell Yes!", thanks for reading and see you next time, here or in Natal!
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