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Re: Gtk scrollbar: thumb too short

From: Miles Bader
Subject: Re: Gtk scrollbar: thumb too short
Date: 02 Apr 2003 10:39:53 +0900

Owen Taylor <address@hidden> writes:
> If the scrollbar occupies the entire scrollbar trough, dragging it
> downward doesn't correspond to any physical motion of a scrollbar
> thumb. If you want that mouse action to be possible, I'd argue that
> you really shouldn't use a control that looks like it has real
> physical presence - something like the Emacs native scrollbar is more
> correct.

That might be an argument if the desired emacs behavior was somehow
totally bizarre -- but it's not, it merely pushes the boundaries a bit
beyond what other GTK apps do.  There are various ways to think of the
suggested behavior (such as pushing the bar into a hole in the end or
something), but the basic point is that it _feels_ natural and
`plausible'; it doesn't break the illusion of manipulating a physical
thing, as you claim.

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