[IPython-dev] popping out individual notebook cells
zvoros at gmail.com
Sat Feb 8 11:29:21 EST 2014
I find myself comparing cells quite frequently (either for debugging
code, or checking plots, outputs etc.), and I think that it would be
great, if the two cells in question could be placed side by side. At the
moment, I simply move up one of the cells, so that they are next to each
other, but that is a bit clumsy. In any case, I was thinking that, if a
cell could be popped out, that would probably be a more decent
solution. I don't mean that the popped-out cell should be editable in
the child window, I simply mean a verbatim copy of the cell's input and
output without the capability of running anything from the child. In
this regard, the child would no longer be part of the notebook. All this
machinery could be attached to the cell toolbar, which is already in the
Now, as far as I see, there are two options here. One is to use a
modeless window, which has the advantage that everything could be done
on client side, and could even be implemented as an extension, it
wouldn't have to be part of the core. But this has the downside that the
window can be moved only within the boundaries of the browser window.
The other possibility is to open a new headless browser window, but that
has to go through the server, and then the server has to be equipped
with facilities to serve the content of a single cell, so this route is
certainly more involving.
I just wanted to toss up this idea to see what others think about it,
whether it makes sense at all, or, perhaps, someone already has done
some work along these lines.
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