Re: [orca-list] Inconsistent behavior in flat review mode across applications
- From: Jacob Schmude <j schmude gmail com>
- To: orca-list <orca-list gnome org>
- Subject: Re: [orca-list] Inconsistent behavior in flat review mode across applications
- Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2009 12:48:47 -0400
I can confirm this behavior, though I'm not sure which is the design
behavior myself. I'd prefer a toggle option to toggle between both
behaviors, a way to park the flat review cursor. Typically I'd prefer
the first behavior, where the flat review follows the application
focus, but there are times when I'd like to be able to lock the flat
review cursor at one position independent of the application.
On Mar 24, 2009, at 11:09, David E. Price wrote:
Flat review mode behaves differently in Firefox/Thunderbird than in
other applications (in this case, gnome-terminal and gedit). In
gnome-terminal and gedit, flat review always starts from the point
of focus within the application, and whenever that point of focus is
changed, flat review automatically moves to that point of focus. For
example, let's say you want to manipulate a file in gnome-terminal,
but the file name is similar enough to many other file names in the
directory so that auto-completion won't help very much. You navigate
to the file name you want, spell it out, then start typing the file
name. At this point, flat review moves back to the command line. If
you are unsure of dots, dashes, capitalization, etc., you must
navigate with flat review back to the file name once again to get
the information you need.
In Firefox/Thunderbird, once you enter flat review mode, flat
review's focus will not return to the application's focus unless you
press numpad-minus (desktop layout).
So, three questions:
1.) Can anyone else duplicate this behavior?
2.) Which of these behaviors is the designed behavior?
3.) Which of these behaviors would the Orca community prefer?
I'm guessing, but I think the designed behavior is the one exhibited
in gnome-terminal and gedit. However, I would prefer the second
behavior, since there are times when I would like to review
information away from the application's focus and be able to return
immediately to the application's point of focus. However, I
recognize that this would take a lot more processing, as the flat
review cursor's "model" of the screen content would have to be
I'll file bugs and/or RFEs as needed, based on the responses to
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