The way to solve this dilemma is to provide a user option to change the
behavior. Everyone will then be happy, or at least happier, and I
needn't impose my preferences on others.
On Tue, 2006-01-31 at 17:23 -0800, Miles Lane wrote:
On 1/31/06, Jeff Spaleta <jspaleta(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> On 1/31/06, Robert Nichols <rnicholsNOSPAM(a)comcast.net> wrote:
> > The problem I have with that is that the popup dialogs are the
> > worst offenders. I'll be typing into a word processor, and a
> > long running background process pops up a dialog saying, "An
> > unexpected error has occurred. Delete the database?" just as
> > I'm about to type <TAB> <ENTER>. Bye-bye database!
> but at the same time... having the pop up dialogs "pop-under" terminal
> windows in a way that you can't see them at all is also a problem.
Here's an example, the nm-applet has a keyring manager dialog that
opens when it starts up. This dialog should be rendered above other
windows, since it requires user input for important system
functionality to be set up (wireless networking). Since this change,
I see a flash when nm-applet starts, then I have to dig around to get
to the dialog.
The most aggrevating example, though, is when I start ANY application
from gnome-terminal (emacs, amarok, firefox, whatever). I now have to
click on the application window to give it focus. I hate this! I,
personally, think it is brain-dead to not give focus to applications
when they start (with the exception of dialogs which should be "system
modal" in Windows parlance).
Vladimir G. Ivanovic
Palo Alto, CA 94306
+1 650 678 8014