[openbox] sloppy focus "stealing"

Mikael Magnusson mikachu at gmail.com
Sat May 21 13:53:06 EDT 2011

On 21 May 2011 19:40, Ian Zimmerman <itz at buug.org> wrote:
> On Fri, 20 May 2011 12:09:17 +1000
> Anthony Thyssen <A.Thyssen at griffith.edu.au> wrote:
>> |      <keybind key="W-S-Tab">
>> |        <action name="PreviousWindow"/>
>> |        <finalactions>
>> |          <action name="Focus"/>
>> |          <action name="Unshade"/>
>> |        </finalactions>
>> |      </keybind>
>> |
> Anthony> Niffy, though I prefer the mouse to always indicate the current
> Anthony> window.
> I think that's a separate issue.  Openbox could really use a "warp
> pointer when tabbing" option to force the pointer over the focussed
> window after a switch.  Sawfish has that and I've got so used to it that
> I'm considering patching openbox to add it.  Would such a patch be
> considered?  I would not make it the default of course.

It's hard to imagine how such a think could work in openbox, where
focusing a window and raising it are two separate operations. Even if
you forced windows to raise when using this mode, what about the case
when an always-on-top window covers the window you switched to? I
think it would be pretty intrusive to change the layer of either
window. The only other option would be to forbid to focus such
windows, or move them. And for what purpose, to obstruct the view of
the window with the mouse pointer?

Mikael Magnusson

More information about the openbox mailing list