focus tracking

Thomas Lübking thomas.luebking at
Wed Jul 7 13:23:20 BST 2010

Am Wednesday 07 July 2010 schrieb Martin Sandsmark:
> On Wednesday 07 July 2010 11:21:25 Piñeiro wrote:
> > As Joseph explained, this "little smartness" are the heuristics
> > implemented in Orca.
> If I understood Thomas right, the "little smartness" is highly widget/app
> specific, and therefore doesn't make sense to try to have outside of the
> widget toolkit/application.

Think of a mix'd kwrite window. Nearby the entire screen is covered by the 
focus'd widget, but only the client process (kwrite) has any reliable* chance 
to determine the exact position of the I-beam.
it even quite knows *why* the focus has been given, allowing you to prevent 
nasty jumps when sth. just grabs focus programatically.

A 3rd prcocess could maybe diff the frames and match that against the focus'd 
widget reagion, what would dramatically fail when kwrite highlights barackets 

*except for doubling headers, inspecting the process memory, looking for class 
footprints, pray for matching ABI and reinterpret_cast'ing the relevant 
portion - of ref'd stack, in doubt ;-)

On Wednesday 07 July 2010 11:21:25 Piñeiro wrote:
> do you want to bypass at-spi and made a direct comunication
> between a Qt app and the magnification tool?
No - I did not intend to suggest bypassing AT-SPI, I didn't mean to talk about 
protocols at all.
I just wanted to point out that there's a better way to track focus than 
relying on (unspecified) heuristics of a foreign process. (and in that not 
even intended to offend Orca - it might be required for Gtk+ - dunno ;-)


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