The concept is the usual nested tags, but what got me perplexed was the syntax. This is what it is like...
<root menu> starts the whole thing off
<menu> top level menu here
continues like this if necessary;
I've built up to five cascading menus in one place, maybe more will work!
Now I've created a very close approximation to the Windows 2000, and to a slightly lesser extent, Windows XP menuing system.
My experience suggests that a user being able to navigate around the MS Windows menus is half the battle of being able to use it in a slick fashion (which is where Windows users are at) - when the OS allows slickness lol :D
What I've done is to restructure the menus so that while everything "original" is still there (in a .jwmrc file saved somewhere else on the computer) there is a totally familiar concept specifically presented to the Windows user, where possible also using names with which they are familiar.
Please note that this is a concept, and also a work in progress, and more importantly, it is the basis for a design study rather than a production prototype.
I believe the ones I've chosen are unlikely to be copyrighted by that other operating system, because they are generic words, although, saying that, the main thrust of the failed lawsuits against Lindows.com by Microsoft was - would you believe it - that the word "Window" is rightfully theirs and is not generic :)
First up is a capture of the desktop in the default MS medium blue, and another with a nice blue graphic I adapted from the PC-BSD default v1.2 desktop, for which I haven't yet asked permission, but will do when I get "a round tuit" :D Here is a range of very small screencaps showing the menu system as yet unfinished. You will notice where I've already replaced the "real" names with generic ones for K-I-S-S :)
Several points are worth making...
Everything does work as far as menu is concerned. The VNC server has a config problem. And I'm still trying to work out how to either assign Print-Screen (on the keyboard) as the screencapture initiator, or maybe create a desktop item. Suggestions are welcome, thanks :)
Your thoughts on the overall concept are solicited, please :)
Richard in Australia,
the "Clever Country" (according to an ex Prime Minister)
JWM configuration files available here Last updated on 15th October 2006