Re: [Usability] My take on Nautilus must-fix proposal

Maciej Stachowiak wrote:
> I will weep if I have to see stipple shadows on my Linux/GNOME laptop
> next to my beatifully subtle alpha-composited shades on my Mac OS X
> box.
On the other hand, it's precisely hacks like this that are considered
the "prior art" necessary to justify new features.
When I tried to apply pressure to get support for grey-scale and colour
fonts in X in the early 90's, I got the "no-one is using them so we
don't need this feature" mantra repeated to me, so now I'd rather take
the approach of hacking something so ugly that the X folks want to
improve it ;)

> Hmmm - I'm not sure how the future cross-window alpha extension will
> be designed, but I hope there are options other than only alpha == 0
> passing events.
Probably it'll depend on use cases like this one being fed into the
XRender list.

On the subject of what happens if you click in a shadow...

> Also, if the WM does it, it can always send synthetic events to fake
> click-through.
Probably, yes.


Liam Quin - XML Core staff contact, W3C,
Author, Open Source XML Database Toolkit, Wiley August 2000
Co-author: The XML Specification Guide, Wiley 1999; Mastering XML, Sybex 2001

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