RFC: Making focus information visible for panes

Celeste Lyn Paul celeste at kde.org
Tue Nov 28 00:16:52 GMT 2006

On Monday 27 November 2006 19:11, Matthew Woehlke wrote:
> Jaroslaw Staniek wrote:
> > The problem is that users can never get a hint where the focus is (main
> > pane or the side pane). My proposal is to require (from app authors and
> > from KDE Style creators) to show the focus by highlighting the current
> > tab (with KDE Highlight color, currently blue) if it's focused, and
> > highlight the KMainWindow's dock's header in the same way.
> Isn't this something handled by the qt-style (QStyle/KStyle) being used?
> For example, Plastik draws a highlight-colored box around textboxes, etc
> that have keyboard focus. I don't know of any reason why a qt-style
> can't do the same thing for tabs or other widgets. You can certainly
> make this policy (although I would strongly recommend you allow it to be
> a configuration option in the style) but it is still up to qt-style
> writers to implement it.
> IMO this is something you should never, ever write hacks to address.
> Overriding the user's choice of qt-style should only be done out of
> extreme necessity.

It _should_ be mandatory, added in to the kdelibs, and not handled by the 
style at all

Celeste Lyn Paul
KDE Usability Project

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