Automatic focus settings

Olivier Fourdan fourdan at
Fri Nov 11 17:38:23 CET 2005

On Fri, 2005-11-11 at 17:24 +0100, Harold wrote:
> I've set this option ~6 months ago but I have yet to find the first
> application that actually uses the _NET_WM_USER_TIME correctly. Almost
> the apps that I use don't use it AFAICS. Perhaps that I just don't use
> the applications that DO use that property.
> Anyway, it's generally a bad idea to rely on the assumed correctness
> of other programs...

That's the standard, it's not just me, you know...

> Look: I'm not a programmer, so I may have a really blurred vision of
> what might be possible or not... 
> I just find it hard to believe that an implementation where newly
> created processes get timestamped when created and compared to the
> time stamp of the last (user)focused window isn't possible, or maybe a
> fairly simple new feature...

That's precisely why standard has been created.

> Again: I don't want to sound like I know it all better than you all,
> I'm just suggesting something to expand the friendliness and usability
> of XFCE...

May I suggest that you read the NET_WM_USER_TIME part of the EWMH spec,
available from here:


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