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Keyboard-friendly user interface

Ion addresses the problem of navigating between windows by dividing the screen into frames that take up the whole screen and never overlap. Big displays have so much space that this should be convenient and smaller displays couldn't show more than one window at a time anyway. The frame layout is dynamic and different on each workspace. Given the tree instead of coordinate-based frame layout, moving between the frames can be conveniently done from the keyboard. As in PWM, the frames may have multiple clients attached. The author notes that programs with more than one window per document may become practically unusable under Ion. Terminal programs should work better than before, however. Other features include a general purpose line editor (called minibuffer in many text editors) and tab-completion in certain queries. Ion also has support for extensions (that are not wanted in the core source) as loadable modules.



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Janet Casey

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8 July 2002

Leaders and contributors

Tuomo Valkonen Maintainer

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Software prerequisites

Required to buildGNU make


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