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    1 2003-01-01
    2 
    3 - Um.  A later note on plaigarism....  
    4 
    5 - Wellsir, I started this rewrite out with the intention of not copying any
    6   code from anyone else.  Of course, that wasn't how bbkeys started 4+
    7   years ago, so I don't know why I expected it to be different this time
    8   around....  bbkeys borrowed heavily from XEmacs and windowmaker before...
    9   I guess I was hoping to not have to do the same thing again this time
   10   around.  
   11 
   12   Well anyway, I started the bbkeys re-write out with 0 existing code.  I
   13   did class diagrams and sequence diagrams, designing the new system to be
   14   truly object-oriented and reusable for other bbtools, etc.  I started off
   15   the re-write by focusing on the config classes.  I think they're clean
   16   and well-done, and am pleased with them.  Then I started into the hard
   17   stuff.  As the CVS repository will tell, I didn't originally start out
   18   with any anything other than my class-diagram-generated code base.
   19 
   20   But as I started working on coding the screen handler, the main client
   21   itself, and the keybindings interface, I frequently looked at epist's
   22   code.  And the more I looked at their code for ideas and sanity-checks,
   23   the more I realized that they truly did a marvelous job.  Not only that,
   24   but some of their classes were exactly what I had in mind with my early
   25   class and sequence diagrams.  I also quickly realized that I could either
   26   take some of their classes inline or spend quite a lot of time writing
   27   just about exactly the same thing myself.  I chose the former.
   28 
   29   In particular, I've brought in epist's actions, keytree, and window
   30   classes and modified them to work with the new blackbox library.  I've
   31   also borrowed code from openbox's XAtom class and used it in Netclient.
   32   I was determined that I could do it better than they did with screen, and
   33   I think I've done some good things, but all in all, much of ScreenHandler
   34   uses epists's screen methods.
   35 
   36   That being said, I feel less than happy about the means, but I do believe
   37   that the end will still be good.  bbkeys has an extremely good code base
   38   now--much, much better than it did before.  It's not quite a code-fork
   39   from epist, but it feels sort of the same, which isn't nearly as
   40   satisfying as I had hoped.   But credit does need to be given where
   41   credit is due, and I hope I've done that.
   42 
   43   *sigh*
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   47 2002-11-02
   48 
   49 - Okay. complete rewrite time....  Check out the README for the new
   50   low-down....
   51 
   52 - A note on plaigarism...  I've poured through epist-ng's code and it is
   53   truly a thing of beauty.  xOr, woodblock, and shrimpx did an EXTREMELY
   54   nice job with the code.  I personally don't like the lexx/yacc parser
   55   stuff, and since ob2 doesn't have a common window manager library to go
   56   against, it's really tied very closely to openbox2.  This means, if
   57   people want to use epist-nb with blackbox, they have to first download
   58   and build openbox2.  =:)  All that's to say that I would loved to have
   59   used more of epist-ng's code, but couldn't because it is so deeply
   60   dependent on openbox2's code.  The funny thing is--some of the syntax
   61   that epist uses (actions, etc.), look very similar to those which were
   62   in bbkeys.  And oddly enough, some of the code looks rather familiar to
   63   the epist-ng code.  The reason for this is... there's not honestly that
   64   many different ways to do this stuff, folks.  So, hush to all you
   65   nay-sayers and "he jacked epist-ng's code!"-sayers too.  Zip it, even.
   66   =:)
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   71 2001-11-15
   72 
   73 - Make use of this file. :) Stuff like the note from 2001-08-03 should
   74   really be in here, so it moved. README will contain non-INSTALL-related
   75   usage instructions.
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   78 
   79 2001-08-03...
   80 
   81 - This hasn't been updated in a LOOONG time, so I'll do so now.  Some
   82   exciting new features have been added to bbkeys with this release
   83   (0.8.0), and I'll try to explain one of them here.  By default, bbkeys
   84   will now window-cycle MUCH better.  Of course, all keybindings are
   85   user-configurable as before, and whatever keys you were using before for
   86   PrevWindow/NextWindow will still work--they'll just work better.
   87 
   88   xOr has helped me considerably (HUGE THANKS AGAIN, xOr!!) with this
   89   release, and one of the new features that we added was a "stackedCycling"
   90   methodology to window-switching.  To turn off this incredibly GOOD
   91   feature (although I have NO idea why you would want to), put this in your
   92   bbtools/bbkeys config file (no, not ~/.bbkeysrc--this is the other one
   93   that's by default looked for at ~/.bbtools/bbkeys.bb or
   94   ~/.bbtools/bbkeys.nobb)....
   95 
   96   ! set this to false to use the linear style of window cycling
   97   bbkeys.menu.stackedCycling:	False
   98 
   99   Again, why you'd want to do that is beyond me, because there's SO much
  100   more benefit to letting bbkeys do things the way it wants to--the new
  101   way.  But if you're absolutely dead-set against progress, then put that
  102   in.  What you'll then be using is another improvement--a "linear" cycling
  103   method.  This will look the same as the old blackbox/bbkeys window
  104   cycling method, but will act a little bit better and make more sense.  It
  105   will, for instance, put a newly-created window into the cycling stack
  106   immediately after the currently-focused window, so you just have to
  107   "alt+tab" to it, rather than having to go all the way around the stack.
  108 
  109   As for the new method for cycling windows...  When you hit your
  110   NextWindow keybinding (mine's <alt+tab>), a window menu will pop up and
  111   stay up until you release your PrevWindow/NextWindow keys.  This allows you 
  112   to navigate through the window list (only showing the windows on the current
  113   workspace, but INCLUDING STICKY WINDOWS!!), and then release your keys
  114   when you have the window hilighted that you want to switch to.  You can
  115   go backwards or forwards through the list, by using your NextWindow and
  116   PrevWindow keys.  You can also make the pop-up window menu go away by
  117   hitting <Escape>, or if you want, you can select the window currently
  118   hilighted with <Return> or <Enter>.  What this last little feature also
  119   means is that if you have only one key bound to PrevWindow or NextWindow
  120   (i.e. using F11 to cycle forwards and F12 to cycle backwards), you can
  121   keep cycling backwards/forwards, and then when you've hilighted the
  122   window you want, just hit <Return>, or <Escape> to cancel.
  123 
  124   But that's not all!!  With this new cycling scheme, the window list stack
  125   will be re-organized when you cycle to a new/different window.  The
  126   window that you had previously focused is now right below the one you now
  127   have focused.  So you can switch back and forth between windows with a
  128   simple <alt+tab> (or whatever you choose for your NextWindow keybinding.
  129 
  130   I guess that's about it.  Give it a try.  I think you'll be pleasantly
  131   suprised.
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