Mouse shorcuts (and others)
xotazu at cvc.uab.es
Tue May 11 13:58:36 CEST 2004
purslow at sympatico.ca wrote:
> Xavier raised an important issue in a rational manner & deserves respect.
> moreover reading between his lines, he suffers some kind of disability
> which makes it less easy for him to use the default interface.
I have to clarify a point. I am not who has physical disabilities, but
one of my job colleagues.
In fact, some time ago I worked with a person with visual problems, and
then I realize that computer environtments have to be configurable for
this persons. Actually I have again a job colleague with serious
physical problems. She is in a wheelchair and has some hands
coordination problems, and she is a really great programmer. When I work
with her, she is really suffering when pointing to small window zones
(iconify buttons, and similar), and she likes to perform this with
combination of mouse clikcs and 'Ctrl' key or other keyboard shorcuts.
Fortunately, I have no such physical problems, but I am really aware
Appart from the accesibility issue, I thin this feature would be great
for everybody (I am using it for many years). I am not telling to
invalidate default behaviour, but simply to allow users to enhance this
I also would like to comment on other development proposals. One is the
possibility to define window focus 'strictly under mouse'. Some times I
have to point mouse out of window to return again on window to get focus
(or to click onto window) to get focus. It is specially annoying when
using keyboard shorcuts to lower or iconify a window. If I want to work
on the new visible window, I have to click on it, which is not as faster
as simply use the keyboard shorcut.
I also would like to propose the possibility to define workspaces in a
2D way. That is, actually workspaces are numbered linearly, and to go
from workspace 1 to 3 you always have to go through workspace 2. In a
2-D workspace ordering, changing to the right workspace would be going
to the workspace 2; changing to the lower workspace would be going to
the workspace 3. When working with more than 4 workspaces, the linear 1D
workspace arrangement is a bit annoying.
I have seen that with the visual workspace plugin they can be
'visually' arranged in a 2D way, but you cannot navigate in this way.
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