GNOME and the way forward
Posted Aug 18, 2005 10:07 UTC (Thu) by kleptog
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1. If a user starts an application, they want to use it so it should be focused.
Interesting idea, but I disagree. I'm in front of my computer and if I want to use an app I will point my mouse at it.
I'm probably not the target audience though. I'm running FVWM with 16 virtual desktops in a 4x4 matrix, one app per desktop. I use MouseFocus/SloppyFocus. When I switch to a new desktop (with the shortcut keys) I expect wherever the mouse lands to be the window with focus. If it lands on the background then the focus doesn't change i.e. it's off screen.
You may find this strange but it's a 100% deterministic system and I can control my focus perfectly to acheive exactly what I want. What you describe is non-deterministic because it depends on the apps doing things I can't see.
What I find most amazing is that strict-mouse-focus is the easiest system of all. Detect what the mouse is over, that window has focus. And no, clicking on it doesn't raise it either.
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