Default touch screen edge gestures

Martin Gräßlin mgraesslin at
Tue Apr 11 10:32:18 UTC 2017

Am 11. April 2017 11:23:01 MESZ schrieb Dan Leinir Turthra Jensen <admin at>:
>Heyhey :)
>i do rather like the idea of edge gestures, however i would also quite
>to keep in mind applications here...

we discussed the proposed implementation at the affenfels sprint. Why did you not raise this concern there?

I explicitly asked for the "go for it!" prior to spending time on implementing. Now coming up with additional requirements after the implementation is rather unfair.

>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
>What i imagine we might do is to make it eight locations rather than
>to allow us to emulate various options (which i suspect would be very
>for experimentation as well). That is, the four edges, and the four
>The most important point i am trying to make here is, though, that if
>have a maximised application on screen, it seems to me that if we are
>for convergence, might it not make sense to have similar gestures as
>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
>> 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.
>> on Windows 10 this happens on the left edge.
>> *Top Edge:*
>> Present Windows as 4 finger swipe downwards on touchpad triggers
>> 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
>> we swipe in from left screen. What I personally would prefer if we
>> trigger the application dashboard. Of course we still don't have
>> touch support in the application launchers, so if we go for that we
>> fixing (same applies for alt+tab btw.).
>> So please comment and propose your own ideas.
>> Cheers
>> Martin

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