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Posted Feb 25, 2011 2:12 UTC (Fri) by tshow (subscriber, #6411)
That happens to me in OSX all the time. I'm on irc, one of my colleagues sends an url. I click on it, it opens in firefox. I use the scroll wheel to scroll through the article, then hit clover-w (close window/tab).
I've just killed my irc session, because while scroll focus was floating over the firefox window, the menu focus was still on the last thing I actually clicked on, which was the irc window.
I still get bitten by that several times a day, and I've been on osx essentially full-time since november.
Posted Mar 1, 2011 15:06 UTC (Tue) by foom (subscriber, #14868)
Posted Mar 2, 2011 9:04 UTC (Wed) by jezuch (subscriber, #52988)
Absolutely not. You might think that's annoying if you have to switch after clicking, but usually I want to continue reading undistracted until the end of the paragraph that contained the link and *then* switch. If there are more than one link to click, it's even more pronounced.
And it's not an issue in any of those programs anyway. It's the responsibility of the window manager and it's called "focus stealing prevention", most probably as an option :)
Posted Mar 1, 2011 14:22 UTC (Tue) by nye (guest, #51576)
This is a textbook example of overwhelming UI design failure. If modality is considered bad interface design, multi-modality that differs seemingly arbitrarily according to subtly different contexts purely to work around another design failure is truly execrable. It is an interface that's impossible to use correctly. Whoever came up with this idea should be banned from contributing to any UI design for life.
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