Re: Visual bell
- From: Bill Haneman <bill haneman sun com>
- To: desktop-devel-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: Visual bell
- Date: 22 Oct 2002 17:38:50 +0100
Havoc asked (me) ..
> > Also it should be user-configurable as to what the visual bell does; I
> > suggest the following options for starters:
> > 1) flash the screen;
> > 2) flash the toplevel-window border of the window that sent the
> > bell.
> What is the use-case for 1), what is the use-case for 2)? Or are we
> just shotgunning all implementations we can think of and hoping one
:-) not really; the two cases are:
* maximum visibility, for low-vision and magnifier users (i.e. anywhere
you look on the screen you still notice the feedback)
* better performance/ability (in a minority of cases anyhow) to pinpoint
the app/window that sent the bell.
I am guessing that a fullscreen flash will be too intrusive for some
users, but just the ticket for others.
I think we need the option of fullscreen flash (which I think we need to
have for various reasons, and so as not to be confused with other
possible visual artifacts like an active keygrab/ungrab pair). But I
think many users will want something else too; there are two main
1) window border flash in Metacity
2) some graphical feedback in the cursor locality (via
the first one suggests that this code should live in Metacity, otherwise
probably g-s-d makes sense. Preferences?
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