Category Archives: Events

MiniMap Fine-Tuning

Kate also supports a minimap of the text contents instead of a classical scrollbar. To enable it, just go to

MiniMap Settings

Here at the Randa meeting, we just invested some time to bring this minimap more in line with the Breeze style. You can see the difference here: Note the scrollbar slider frame, the new version (right) is more distinct and in line with the rounded corners of the Breeze style.

MiniMap - Old Slider

Old Scrollbar Slider

MiniMap - New Slider

New Scrollbar Slider

This change will be in the KDE Frameworks 5.24 release. If you want to support the KDE Randa developer meeting, please click on the banner 🙂

Working on Kate in Randa

Right now, around 40 developers are working together on bringing KDE to other platforms in Randa (Switzerland) for an entire week.

So far, I just fixed some bugs, e.g.:

  • Kate: Correctly restore view config of all split views (commit, bug, review)
  • Kate: Sort Kate Session Menu alphabetically (commit, bug, review)
  • Kate: Avoid hidden view spaces on start (commit, bug, review)
  • Kate, KDevelop: Tab Switcher Plugin: Make sure the height fits all items (commit, bug)

Much more work is going on, especially also with bringing Kate to Mac OS, or making it work better on Windows. For instance, thanks to Kåre and David, renaming documents already works now, and soon the filesystem browser plugin will be available in the next Kate on Windows release 🙂

If you want to support us, please donate to help us keeping up these developer meetings.

First Day in Randa

Yesterday afternoon I and others arrived in Randa. After some first meetup, started to try out how much work it is to e.g. compile Konsole or KDevelop on my Mac without patching Qt and stuff.

Two review requests pending to get Konsole working at least on some basic level. Lets see what more is needed to get it in some usable state (at least the terminal toolview in Kate now can use the konsole part ;=)

Kate/KDevelop Sprint 2015 – Summary for Kate

The end of the joint Kate/KDevelop Sprint 2015 is coming closer, half of the people already have left to get home.

It was a good thing to have this sprint sponsored by the KDE e.V. and organized by Milian Wolff directly after the Qt World Summit 2015 here in Berlin. I think that made it easier for people to attend both events, like myself ;=)

I came to the sprint to work on getting our bugs sorted and fixed and to improve the state of the Mac port. I must confess, the bug fixing session worked out well, but I didn’t take a shot at Mac at all.

What did I achieve? I fixed many small bugs and I reintroduced the automatic brackets completion removed by accident in the KDE 4.x => KF5 transition.

In addition I cleaned up old things in our bugzilla. The new policy for Kate will be: wishes that not got any attention since 2 years will be closed, it makes no sense to keep them around for ever and it will only make overview about what is really wanted impossible.

In addition, I tried to help Kåre Särs to get Kate running on Windows. We want to have a way to build Kate with a unpatched Qt. At the moment that is not really feasible, as things like ui files are not found, xml syntax files are not found and so on. I started to solve that issues and at least KTextEditor framework itself should now be more or less Windows (and therefore Mac) compatible. But the other frameworks will still need love, like KXmlGui not being able to locate its own ui_standards.rc. Kate application is now compilable without any strange patches, too, on Windows.

Mandatory screenshot (be aware, to get menus and stuff working, we here randomly copied all files into the right user local directories):

Kate on Windows

Dominik Haumann did help us in our bug fixing effort, too. At the end of the sprint he started the painful work to review and fix the use of hard-coded colors in our highlighting files, work nobody really wants to do :=)

Sven Brauch helped to improve my reintroduced bracket completion to be not completely dumb .P

All in all, I think it was a productive sprint. Not that we all reached our goals, but we did make progress.

I think Kate & KTextEditor will be in a very good shape for the 15.16 KF5 Frameworks  and the next KDE Applications release. In addition you always get again momentum to work on more stuff in the close future by meeting up in person and do some socializing aka eating 😉

Therefore, to wrap it up: Nice work all guys, thanks by the Kate maintainer to all people that joint the sprint and special thanks to Milian for setting it up and the KDE e.V. for sponsoring it ;=)

P.S. Yeah, sponsoring implies that the e.V. has money for that. To keep such spring sponsoring possible in the future => give us money!