[Usability] Visual highlight of active inputs

I'm curious as to what people think about trying to make the current focus more visual prominent on input widgets - especially text input fields.

Currently, the only visual indication of an active/focused text input filed in Gnome (and in Windows, for that matter) is the thin blinking text-input cursor.

Mac OS X does this quite nicely, which a soft-blue outline around the currently active text-input box - see example: http://developer.apple.com/documentation/UserExperience/Conceptual/OSXHIGuidelines/art/textinputlarge.gif

Also, if you turn on the keyboard access functionality in the "Universal Access" menu in the OS X preferences, the same soft-blue outline displays on any focused widget (buttons, flydowns, checkboxes, etc.).

Might this be something worth considering for Gnome/GTK?

Steven Garrity

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