sloppy focus

Michael Shigorin mike at
Mon Dec 19 18:48:11 GMT 2005

On Mon, Dec 19, 2005 at 11:36:50AM -0500, Eric Dunbar wrote:
> I've seen experiment where people would do that (mouse over
> brings window to front). I never liked it (nor did I like it on
> menu-in-window systems).

Tried that (with some timeout -- like 200 to 500 ms, don't
remember).  Found annoying.

Being able to type into a piece of a window somewhere down under
a bunch of others *without* the need to expose it fully (thus
shadowing those others) proved a huge benefit to somewhat manic
multi-tasking user like me before going 21".  On a notebook,
it still helps (both with windows being xterms with source/dest
text/input/output/debug/manpage/whatever, and with GIMP too).

So yes, bringing windows to front that way is ugly to me too.

 ---- WBR, Michael Shigorin <mike at>
  ------ Linux.Kiev

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