Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 85813
Text in text-containing applets is not visible in vertical panels (window list, clock)
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:51:54 EDT
Description of Problem:
(At least the) window list applet does not show text (names of open
applications) when in a vertical panel. The clock becomes unreadable as well,
although parts of the text is visible.
Steps to reproduce the problem:
1. Start with a horisontal panel having a window list applet. Open an
application (say, gedit). Notice that the applet shows both icon and text for
gedit. Also notice that the clock is fully readable.
2. Move the panel to the right (or left) side of the screen by left-clicking and
dragging it there.
The applet shows the icon only, and the clock becomes unreadable.
The applet should show both text and icon, and the clock should be readable.
How often does this happen?
At least when panel size is set to x-small (please test with other panel sizes
My suggestion is that text in applets should be drawn:
1. 90 degrees clockwise in a vertical panel, as this is how we are used to read
text on the back of books in a bookshelf.
2. Horisontal, if the panel is redesigned to automatically resize itself to fit
the longest string of all the text-containing applets in the panel (no mockup of
See attached mockups for consideration.
(future-transparent.png also shows how a solution to bug <a
href="http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=107759">107759</a> could look
like. Please don't mind the blurry font in the clock and window list applet,
this is gimp's aa-ing and would probably look much better with Xft's aa-ing)
Created attachment 90523 [details]
An edge panel with horisontal layout as it looks today
Created attachment 90524 [details]
An edge panel in vertical mode as it looks today (bug visible)
Created attachment 90525 [details]
What an edge panel (with solid background) would look like if text was drawn 90 deg clockwise
Created attachment 90526 [details]
What an edge panel (with semi-transparent background) would look like if text was drawn 90 deg clockwise
Moved to http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=107853
All panel/applet UI changes need to be tracked/discussed on bugzilla.gnome.org
(with the exception of our default preferences settings, Bluecurve theme, and
anything written by Red Hat such as the RHN icon).