Pointer grabs causing accessibility issues! Why not deprecate them?

Francesco Fumanti francesco.fumanti at gmx.net
Mon Apr 28 05:23:48 PDT 2008


First of all, thanks for your replies.

Daniel Stone wrote:
 >> In fact, the purpose of this email is to make the xorg developer
 >> aware of the issue and ask them to consider whether deprecating
 >> the pointer grabbing functionality from the X server would make
 >> any sense and be feasible?
 > It would not be at all feasible.

Could you please expand on the main reasons why it is not feasible?

For example, in what situations are the pointer grabs really unavoidable 
and unreplacable by other techniques?

Tomas Carnecky wrote:
 > Instead, why don't you ask the policykit developers to add
 > accessibility features to their password dialog, like a button
 > that opens an on-screen keyboard?

That is already done:

In fact, the onscreen keyboard is usually already present on the screen, 
but the clicks on it (that would produce the "virtual" keystrokes) do 
not have any effect as the clicks do not get to the onscreen keyboard.

Matthew Garrett wrote:
 > Accessibility is a
 > difficult field, and it's not practical to ask every application
 > developer to support every possible accessible input method in their
 > dialogs - what would you do for people who want to use Dasher rather
 > than an on-screen keyboard, for instance?

That is what I had in mind: if possible, would it not be better to try 
to solve the problem at the source, instead of passing the issues to the 
application developers!?



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