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Re: scrollbar on left side

On Thu, 21 Oct 2010 22:48:22 +0200, lee wrote:

> On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 06:44:50PM +0000, Camaleón wrote:

>> >> You mean in the whole KDE environment or just in some apps?
>> > 
>> > everywhere
>> Ugh... then dunno.
> It was promised years ago for KDE 4.x to be able to finally put the
> scroll bar on the left ...

There is even an old bug report for that matter:

scrollbars on left  

Now KDE4 depends on Qt 4 for rendering the whole desktop (widgets, 
gadgets, windows...) so it should be implemented there (Qt libraries). 
Not sure what is the status for this :-?

>> I know there are applications that let the user to select where to put
>> the scrollbar
> Yes, some do, and I have set the scroll bar to left whereever I could.
> The ones that remain on the right side are all the more annoying.
>> > The scrollbar belongs on the left side, not on the right side ...
>> Under what "locale"? :-)
> That shouldn´t matter since it´s personal preference. If I was reading
> and writing from right to left instead of from left to right and if I
> was using the trackball with my right hand, I might eventually want the
> scrollbars on the right side. In that case, I might have placed my
> monitor on the right side of my desk instead of on the left side and
> would be leaning to left in my chair rather than to the right ...

Yes, I agree. It should be user configurable.

> But as things are, I´m writing/reading left to right and use the
> trackball with my left. Naturally, the scrollbars have to be on the left
> side and not on the right side. --- Do you think I could change lokale
> to something that has scrollbars on the left but doesn´t change anything
> else?

I'm not sure... but it's worth a try to play with them (use another 
account to avoid messing up your current user profile). For example, 
setting LANG to one of the right to left languages and keeping the rest 
of the "locales" as they should.

> Scrollbars are a good idea, but surprisingly, their implementation
> hasn´t been thought out more than half way at best. Why is that?


To be sincere, KDE has been always one of the most customizable desktops 
out there, I'm surprised it does not allow the user to choose the 
location (or even direction!) of the vertical/horizontal scrollbars. KDE 
has always been very flexible in this aspect.



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