Default touch screen edge gestures

Dan Leinir Turthra Jensen admin at
Tue Apr 11 09:23:01 UTC 2017

Heyhey :)

  i do rather like the idea of edge gestures, however i would also quite like 
to keep in mind applications here... Specifically, other touch-focused UXes all 
have some kind of concept of edges given over to the applications rather than 
the system. Windows has the bottom edge, Android has both sides, Jolla has the 
top edge, and iOS has... both sides as well if i'm not too far mistaken.
  What i imagine we might do is to make it eight locations rather than four, 
to allow us to emulate various options (which i suspect would be very useful 
for experimentation as well). That is, the four edges, and the four corners.
  The most important point i am trying to make here is, though, that if you 
have a maximised application on screen, it seems to me that if we are aiming 
for convergence, might it not make sense to have similar gestures as the 
default for all the form factors our software runs on?

On Saturday, 8 April 2017 10:24:04 BST Martin Gräßlin wrote:
> Hi Plasmates,
> now that we have touch screen edge swipe gesture support both on X11 and
> Wayland we could define which actions to put on each edge.
> My suggestion would be to put a sensible action on each of the four
> actions.
> Personal proposal:
> *Left Edge:*
> Window Switching as the default alt+tab theme is on the left side. Also
> on Windows 10 this happens on the left edge.
> *Top Edge:*
> Present Windows as 4 finger swipe downwards on touchpad triggers present
> windows.
> *Bottom Edge:*
> Desktop Grid as 4 finger swipe upwards on touchpad triggers desktop
> grid.
> *Right Edge:*
> Application launcher
> What I dislike about the proposal is: Present Windows and Alt+Tab are
> kind of redundant. Given that a better default edge would be nice for
> top edge. KRunner would be a nice fit as it's also on top, but it's
> rather useless on touch.
> The application launcher is rather disconnected in the default setup if
> we swipe in from left screen. What I personally would prefer if we could
> trigger the application dashboard. Of course we still don't have working
> touch support in the application launchers, so if we go for that we need
> fixing (same applies for alt+tab btw.).
> So please comment and propose your own ideas.
> Cheers
> Martin

..dan / leinir..

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