Beta XFWM4/tasklist behaviour

Erik Harrison erikharrison at
Tue Aug 15 23:53:56 CEST 2006

On 8/15/06, Don Christensen <djc at> wrote:
> Brian J. Tarricone wrote:
> I'm all for this behavior with one possible modification.  Maybe if
> the user has been idle for some period of time, the blinking can continue
> until the user is no longer idle (see the gaim "I'm away from my desk"
> mechanism for an example of this).  That way, when I come back from the
> breakroom or whatever, I'll notice the blinking that I might otherwise
> miss if it isn't still blinking when I get back.

The idea is it would still be highlighted, just not blaring. You
return to your desktop after, say, a bathroom break, first thing you
do is look over everything to reorient yourself (I know, I've done eye
tracking research which demonstrates this is exactly what the eye

The real idea is to dodge situations like Brian mentions. Where I
raise and lower a window quickly to disable the urgent hint, without
checking the contents of the window, then five minutes later, once
you've done what you were in the middle of, you forget the window had
something important.

But at this point we're quibbling over details. Does anyone else
prefer this set of behaviours?

> I would also suggest more than five blinks, but I suppose that's
> going to be a debatable issue.  30 seconds would be fine with me, as
> long as I knew it was going to stop on its own.
> -Don
> > So, to summarise:
> >
> > 1.  Remove the feature whereby an urgent window on another workspace
> > starts blinking in the current workspace's taskbar.
> >
> > 2.  Add a feature to the pager where an urgent window on an inactive
> > workspace causes that particular workspace to blink.
> >
> > 3.  For any repetitive blinking behavior like this, after 5 flashes,
> > stop flashing and leave it in the "flash on" state until the urgent hint
> > is removed.
> >
> > What do we think?
> >
> >       -brian
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