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A specific example of usage
Authored by: hayne on Apr 25, '03 09:12:19PM

Here's a specific example of usage where a virtual desktop
performs much better than a mere application switcher.

When I am developing an interactive web site (e.g. one like
macosxhints), I have one desktop in which I have my BBEdit
windows, Terminal windows and some Safari windows showing
reference material (e.g. php.net). I have another desktop in
which I have various web browsers open on the site being
developed (so I can see how it looks, what works, etc.). I make
a change in the code, then flip to the other desktop and test out
the site, flip back, etc. This would not be possible with an app-
switcher since I need to switch between two overlapping sets of
applications (e.g. Safari has some windows on each desktop).

And in practice, I would actually have several desktops, not just
two. E.g. I might have another desktop with non-project-related
stuff: my email and chat programs, a game or two that I am
playing, etc.



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