Re: [Fwd: scroll wheel mouse configuration]

That's exactly what I'm hoping for--a way to change the default behavior, not necessarily force my wishes on anyone else.

I don't have too much of a problem with auto switching into unfocused main windows and then scrolling. It seems a little strange, but no big deal.

My real concern is what I saw last application my company wrote has a scrollable panel with sparsely placed combo boxes, etc. They are in a table.

As the user scrolled the pane with the mouse wheel, the pointer happened to enter a combo box. It stayed there (stopped scrolling the panel) then began scrolling the combo contents and selecting new values.

The new values in this case were bitmasks sent to a chipset on our plugin board. The board stopped working until reset.

At no time did the user click either button or the wheel...only scrolled the wheel. By scrolling the mouse wheel, focus went into the child widget (a combo box in this case) and a value change occurred with no click.

Windows and OS X don't do this, not by default anyway. I suppose we can start digging into the masks in our apps if no solution exists elsewhere.


Jason Brower wrote:
Ironically I like this feature.  Nothing gets me more upset than having
to click to get TO a window when I can quickly scroll.  It come in very
handy because the windows doesn't come to focus.  It simple
moves/scrolls the window.  I like it when I am working on something and
have a pdf in evince and my programing on the right.  I can set things
so that I don't have to have the on top feature.  But can have the pdf
scroll withing having to click on it and bring it in front of
everything.  I say we keep it the way it is... or provide an option to
make your "feature" available.
Jason Brower
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From: Skunk Worx <skunkworx verizon net>
To: gnome-list gnome org
Subject: scroll wheel mouse configuration
Date: Sat, 13 Jan 2007 15:04:07 -0800

I am using Fedora Core 6 and gnome and do not like the default behavior of the pointer when using a scroll wheel mouse.

For example if I have two applications open, and slide the mouse from one to the other, the focus does not follow. I am okay with that, that is configurable via a menu setting, stay with me...

However, rotating the scroll mouse over (say) a combo box on the unfocused window starts changing the values in that combo box. Not just scrolling through the values, actually scrolling the values and slecting them! With no mouse click.

As stated, the mouse wheel rotation both scrolls and activates the change. Open two instances of OpenOffice writer and move the pointer over the font size combo box. Scrolling the wheel (no click) scrolls the list and activates the size as it scrolls. This seems very, very wrong.

Now imagine a application with a scrollable pane, sparsely populated with combo boxes or whatnot. The pointer goes over the pane, the scroll wheel gets bumped or nudged, and the pane scrolls slightly. Ignoring the lack of main window focus issue, fine again...

The problem is, scrolling the pane and having the pointer enter a combo box as the pane slides, now the pointer stops in the combo box and starts altering the contents of the combo...not just scrolling the values, but actually performing a selection of the values with no mouse click at any time. This just seems very, very wrong.

How can I change this or disable the scroll mouse entirely (other than the obvious of changing out the mouse)?

Is this a gnome or xorg.conf configuration issue? I have asked on the fedora list and they don't seem to understand what I am talking about.

Neither my Mac mini running tiger nor my windows machines exhibit this (what I consider) destructive behavior.

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