Feature proposal: Focus caret/tracking in GNOME Shell


The GNOME Shell magnifier currently relies on Orca to track the current
keyboard focus, scrolling the view of the magnified content to include
the focused UI element or caret position. This is acceptable for the
very few users who require both a screen reader and screen magnifier
simultaneously. However, for the majority of magnifier users, who want
to use only a magnifier, it is overkill to launch a screen reader as
well. The shell should have its own focus tracking mechanism.


Joseph Scheuhammer

Involved Parties

GNOME Shell team, gsettings-desktop-schemas maintainers (for different
modes of focus-tracking), gnome-control-center (for providing UI for
focus-tracking preferences), a11y team

Current Status

Implementation of a shell based focus tracker is just starting, but the
plan is to develop it a in time for 3.4. The plan is here [1].

   * GNOME Shell Magnifier should track focus and the caret [2].


[2] https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=647074

Alejandro Piñeiro Iglesias

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