Annoying tab ellipsizing in Pidgin

Bug #951289 reported by Renato Silva on 2012-03-10
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
pidgin (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Imagine you use Pidgin for IRC and you access a considerable amount of channels so that your tab labels need to be scrolled horizontally for moving between channels. Then you think of disposing the tab labels one below other on the left, so you get more space and get rid of scrolling. However you can't see the complete tab labels because they often get ellipsized at a small width.

This is very annoying and saving horizontal space is no excuse, even 800x600 screens can hold a sane window with reasonable-width tab labels in the left, chat user list in the right and chat messages in the middle.

I have patched Pidgin simply by increasing the max width tolerance for triggering the ellipsizing. That is, the only difference is that instead of labels about 12 chars, you can put ones about 30 which is a reasonable length, for example for long channel names and email addresses.

Below are screenshots of how it looks like normally and after patching, and also an 800x600 screenshot. Take your own conclusions.

Renato Silva (renatosilva) wrote :

This is the screenshot of current annoying behavior.

Renato Silva (renatosilva) wrote :

This is the screenshot of the solution.

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tags: added: patch
description: updated
Adolfo Jayme (fitojb) on 2014-05-31
Changed in pidgin (Ubuntu):
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Low
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