Re: gnome-screensaver use circles in password field

Hi Vincent,

Vincent Untz wrote:
Le mercredi 22 f�ier 2006 �9:27 -0500, William Jon McCann a �it :


I'd like to make gnome-screensaver use a black circle as the "invisible" character in password fields instead of an asterisk [1]? OS X and XP both do this.

Besides that I think it has some advantages:

  * It is cleaner (no edges)
  * It is easier to see (for a11y and on LCD screens in sunlight)
  * It isn't a character that is commonplace on most keyboards

The usability list seems to support this and some are surprised that we aren't using this already.

Just a small note (even if it has been approved): what happens if the
font does not have the glyph for this character? I believe this is the
reason we're still using asterisks by default...

I'm not really sure since all the fonts I have on my system have it. I guess it would either be a substitute character or no character at all. I'm not sure either of those results would be deal breakers. And the best result will be that the font will get fixed.


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