Suggestion: Enable mouse gestures by default
chris at deadhand.com
chris at deadhand.com
Wed Nov 7 12:27:03 GMT 2007
KDE has had a great feature for some time now that has been notoriously
underestimated and underused - talking about mouse gestures via KHotkeys.
Currently in Kubuntu this nice little feature can be configured in:
System Settings -> Accessibility -> Input Actions
There you can enable some pre-defined gestures for Konqueror or create your
own. Problem is that hardly any user knows about this.
The integration of mouse gestures into the desktop environment in such
a way is something that only KDE has to offer - similar to KIO slaves, this
is one of the most outstanding features we have, but users just don't know
about it - I'd suggest to change that for the next release!
Therefor I suggest, to activate mouse gestures by default - for a clearly
defined set of applications and simple actions.
I'm not talking about writing complicated symbols on your screen to launch an
application - that kind of gestures is possible but shouldn't be the focus.
Instead I suggest enabling the basic operations within the most used
applications via mouse gestures. Think about navigating (back, forward, up)
with the file- and webbrowser and working with tabs - similar to what the
default set of example gestures in KHotkeys already does.
My suggestion for a good set of default gestures is attached as a khotkeysrc
configuration file. That file goes to ~/.kde/config/. Careful to back up your
original khotkeysrc in case you made any changes yourself or want to preserve
the original configuration.
The configuration consists of the 'action group' "Mouse Gestures" with groups
for some of the most used applications, where gestures make sense:
The general settings for the gestures are:
So, the right mouse button is used to start the gestures, and works very well
for me without getting in the way for users that don't use gestures.
The gestures are based on the original "Konqueror gestures" example with a few
changes that I'd be glad to discuss if anybody is interested.
Just let me know what you think and if there's any chance mouse gestures
(those attached or something similar) have a chance of makin it into hardy
My idea would be to have an illustrated documentation page regarding the
default gestures and how to invoke them - in the official docs as well as on
the "what's new" release page. If there's any chance for inclusion I'd be
glad to work out something.
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