Is BugID 48062 worth all this?

Rick Stockton rickstockton at
Wed Nov 23 01:54:29 GMT 2011

I need advice- do the masters of KDE consider to be important?

It's got a ton of votes, but I'll SWAG that a majority opf those votes 
were really votes for -- get 
higher-numbered mouse buttons into the shortcut system. Most of the 
comments in 48062 are actually about that subject, as is the attachment 
("perform the Alt-L action when a mouse button is pressed.")

This is only about mouse buttons replacing modifier keys, you' still 
have to press something ELSE to get a "keypress with modifier" Event. 
And, it will be messy to obtain and maintain a "miniaturize" mouse 
button State mask structure for this, within Qt; I might have to require 
users to re-Press, and then hold, the "modifier button which they are 
trying to invoke for the next keystroke (And fail to emulate in the case 
of entering the Window with the a "modifier" Button _already_ within 
pressed State.

Remember- I only have 5 Mouse Button State bits in the Xi Version 1 
Events, anything more I'll after to acquire (or build) on my own. And 
since Button 1 is already doing Gestures; and Button 3 is already doing 
Context Menu (or other things); and Button4/Button5 don't behave as 
actual buttons-- the only lower-numbered button which remains 
'more-or-less-free-to-use, without problems' is MiddleButton -- and on a 
lot of hardware, MidddleButton is really, REALLY hard to press.

So I think that the feature is useless, unless we support high-numbered 
buttons as the modifier keys.

If you guys vote "yes, it's useful" then I'll try to ping the current 
bug owner, who hasn't made a 'comment' appearance in quite a while 
recently. I'll ask the current assignee if I can take it, and try to get 
it done within Qt. (That's the appropriate level of the software stack 
for this kind of Event Translation code.) If you guys vote "No, more 
confusing than useful, and it looks really difficult to do" then let's 
reject it. With the explanation that it's an overly specialized, and 
technically difficult, case of shortcuts- with a better approach defined 
by bug 96431. Not an exact duplicate, but with the users' needs more 
fully met by spending our time with that RFE instead.

I watch the list for votes. Email works, too ;)

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