Re: [dev] [dmenu] Keyboard focus

From: Bjartur Thorlacius <>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2011 00:28:19 +0000

On 12/3/11, Peter John Hartman <> wrote:
> Why would you move the mouse and not expect it to refocus things? Esp.
> since this is how it works everywhere else?
To be fair, sloppy focus is generally surprising and annoying if you
ever move your pointer. Reaching out for your mouse only to change
focus and not sending any ButtonPress events is not a valid use case.
If you are a keyboard-only user, focus windows using keyboard
shortcuts (either using shortcuts assigned to applications/windows or
by repeated Alt-(Shift)-Escaping/^jk). If you are a mouse user (on
suckless?), then saving the click on the text box may be mildly
convenient. But for any window not keyboard driven, you are likely to
wish to click something anyway.

Thus it seems keyboard-only users that may or may not interact with
windows that expect ButtonPress events could be more productive under
a focus-follows-click policy (where focus is changed upon ButtonPress
events, but they still allowed to reach the clicked window) or a
mouse-agnostic focus policy where focus change is incited by windows
or keyboard only.
Received on Sun Dec 04 2011 - 01:28:19 CET

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