Recently I’ve blogged about the usage of KMessageWidget in the data recovery process in Kate Part. Finally, we decided to stick with KMessageWidget, since it is a standard kdelibs widget, used by a lot of KDE applications. Besides, it is visually appealing and attracts the user’s attention. In KDE SC 4.10, it will look like this:
Now if you recover the data, it may happen that the swap file is broken, e.g. because it was accidently manipulated for whatever reason. Then you get notified like this:
Besides that, we are currently at our Kate/KDevelop meeting in Vienna. Lots of exciting stuff is happening, so expect more in the next days
Christoph already wrote several blog posts about the upcoming projects plugin. In his last blog, he mentioned that a project can now be created on-the-fly by reading the git or subversion output: All the files under version control are automatically listed as files in the project.
However, this is restricted to git and subversion. If you always wanted to contribute to Kate, you can give other version control systems a try, such as Mercurial (command: hg manifest). Just quickly build Kate, and send us a patch!
Update (2013-10-31): Support was added in commit on 2013-03-02 and is available in KDE 4.10.5 and later versions.
Since the upgrade on bko, the bug charts were a bit broken. Thanks to our awesome sysadmins, this is fixed now: Example for Kate. In case you notice any wrong behavior, please let the sysadmins know immediately! Thanks
Currently, we use our own passive notification bar to show a recovery bar when a swap file was found:
Since version 4.7 we have a class called KMessageWidget (api documentation). Using KMessageWidget, the notification could also look like this:
Imo, the new one looks nicer, as it much better distinguishes the notification popup from the rest of the ui. However, it several drawbacks:
- the minimum width is now 800 pixel due to the label (too large, might break layout in apps)
- the title “Data Recovery” was omitted
- the “Help” link, showing a tool tip with further information, can not be added anymore (the api does not allow it)
- put the buttons under the label, as it was in the old version (currently, the api does not allow it, so we’d need something like setButtonsUnderText(bool))
- wrap the text in the label (looks aweful, since the buttons appear then between two lines of text)
- to get the “Help” label back, the api would need to forward the QLabel’s signal linkActivated(const QString&)
I’m not sure whether the API can be extended in the 4.x line, though…