GNOME and the way forward
Posted Aug 18, 2005 15:56 UTC (Thu) by tjc
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> Also, there are people who are proponents of a never-focus-new-windows-no-matter-what behavior. This one I understand (lets you launch lots of applications or windows but keep working with your current one) but it doesn't exactly fit the normal user.
This behavior is fairly close to Windows XP, so I don't think it would confuse "normal" users.
If one starts a program in Windows XP and then gives the focus to an existing window (by clicking on it) before the new window is mapped, the new window is placed in the stacking order just below the focused window, and the current window retains focus. This seems to work well enough that most people don't even realize that it's happening.
Extending this to focus-follows-pointer mode, it seems reasonable to assume that if a user chooses focus-follows-pointer that they are not likely to be confused by windows retaining focus no matter what. Mapping the new window second-from-the-top is nice too, since mapping a "dead" window over the top of the currently focused window is almost as bad as stealing focus.
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