Posted Aug 22, 2005 5:03 UTC (Mon) by EricBackus
In reply to: Focus stealing
Parent article: GNOME and the way forward
> Okay, you reiterated that you want the window under the pointer to
> always have focus. But then you went and stated two exceptions.
Actually, I see only one exception in Jon's response--an application
grabbing the mouse. And I think both he and you acknowledged that there's
nothing for the window manager to do in this case anyway.
I'm not a Gnome user, so maybe my opinions on this are not very important.
For what it's worth, I use KDE set to "Focus Follows Mouse", which DOES
give the focus to new windows. But there is an alternative setting "Focus
Under Mouse" which sounds like it does exactly what Jon is asking for.
In response to your questions, I can provide my own answers:
* The window list on the taskbar, like many things on the taskbar, is a
special case. I'd expect having the mouse over the taskbar to be much
like having the mouse over the background, so I don't see anything
contradictory about making a click on the window list switch window focus
just as though you briefly moved the mouse over the new application.
* Alt-tab or alt-esc could perhaps warp the pointer. If you don't warp
the pointer, perhaps you could merely top the selected application, but
leave focus wherever the mouse is. I don't use these so I don't really
have an opinion.
* I also don't use the keyboard to move applications between workspaces.
But if I did, and doing this puts the mouse over a different application,
it sure seems like it *should* give that application the focus.
But the above answers aside, I suspect that what Jon wants is simply to
have new applications NOT automatically get focus, while leaving
essentially everything else about window focus alone.
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