Bluefish has a side-pane in it’s main interface, which is implemented using a GtkHPaned widget. Users may drag the handle to increase or decrease the side pane. Now lets see what happens if the user makes the sidebar smaller than the widgets in there. I created a mini example application that works with both Gtk+-2 and Gtk+-3. There is a GtkEntry in the left sidebar, and a GtkTextView on the right. This is a screenshot with Gtk+-2:
Now see what happens if you drag the handle to the left in Gtk+-2:
Now see what happens if you drag the handle to the left in Gtk+-3.2:
My suggestions for improvement:
- decrease the minimum width of the GtkEntry to 30 pixels or so
- when cropping widgets, crop from the right if the widget is on the left side of the handle, crop from the left if the widget is on the right side of the handle. That suggests that the user drags the handle as a layer on top over the widget which feels much more natural.
b.t.w. GtkEntry is not the only widget that has a too-large minimum width. In Bluefish we also use libgucharmap, and the gucharmap widget forces an even wider sidebar in Gtk+-3.2.