Fat border that does nothing around the Dash

Reported by Matthew Paul Thomas on 2011-03-17
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Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ayatana Design
Undecided
Unassigned
Unity
Low
Unassigned
unity (Ubuntu)
Low
Unassigned

Bug Description

unity 3.6.4-0ubuntu1, Ubuntu Natty
unity 4.10.2-0ubuntu2, Ubuntu Ocelot

1. Click the Ubuntu button.

What you see:
A. The Dash covers part of the screen.
B. Around the bottom and right edges (but not the top and left edges) is a bright single-pixel border, then a very wide, semi-transparent border, then another bright single-pixel border.
C. In unity 3.x, clicking the border does nothing, except right in the corner where the maximize widget is. In unity 4.x, clicking the border closes the Dash.

This looks ugly.

What you should see: either
A. The Dash always covers all of the screen; or
B. the border around the Dash edges is much narrower; and/or
C. dragging the border resizes the Dash.

I suggest B.

Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :
Changed in unity:
status: New → Incomplete
tags: added: sniffles

The dash is unlike most windows, in that clicking out of it dismisses
it. For that reason we want to reduce the chances of a mis-click, hence
the fat border.

 status opinion

Mark

Changed in ayatana-design:
status: New → Opinion
Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2011-03-21
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

If it was important to avoid a mis-click around the bottom or right side of the Dash, it would be just as important to avoid a mis-click around the top or left side. For example, accidentally clicking the launcher closes the Dash, just like accidentally clicking whatever is to the right of the Dash does. So a border around the bottom and right is doing only half of that job.

There are other methods that could protect all four sides and in a less unattractive manner. One example is a shadow, which could act as a dead area in the same way that the shadow of normal windows acts as a resize area. Another example is padding around the inside of the Dash, which has the advantage that it is already implemented.

Mark Shuttleworth (sabdfl) wrote :

On 22/03/11 14:50, Matthew Paul Thomas wrote:
> If it was important to avoid a mis-click around the bottom or right side
> of the Dash, it would be just as important to avoid a mis-click around
> the top or left side. For example, accidentally clicking the launcher
> closes the Dash, just like accidentally clicking whatever is to the
> right of the Dash does. So a border around the bottom and right is doing
> only half of that job.

That's a temporary situation, MPT.

> There are other methods that could protect all four sides and in a less
> unattractive manner. One example is a shadow, which could act as a dead
> area in the same way that the shadow of normal windows acts as a resize
> area. Another example is padding around the inside of the Dash, which
> has the advantage that it is already implemented.

We can review for Oneiric, this is wontfix for Natty.

Mark

Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

Ok, reopening for Oneiric.

Changed in ayatana-design:
status: Opinion → New
tags: added: oneiric
Changed in unity:
status: Incomplete → Opinion
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Opinion
Changed in ayatana-design:
status: New → Opinion
Changed in unity:
status: Opinion → Incomplete
Changed in ayatana-design:
status: Opinion → New
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Opinion → Incomplete
description: updated
John Lea (johnlea) on 2011-09-02
Changed in ayatana-design:
status: New → Opinion
Changed in unity:
importance: Undecided → Low
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
John Lea (johnlea) on 2012-08-13
Changed in unity:
status: Incomplete → Won't Fix
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Won't Fix
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