Attempted mouse-overs for the Firefox back button and Find box close button will bring up the Launcher (Fitts's Law)

Bug #776930 reported by Eric Appleman on 2011-05-04
This bug affects 7 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ayatana Design
firefox (Ubuntu)
unity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: unity

Assuming default icon placements in the Launcher, attempted mouse-overs of the above mentioned UI elements in Firefox will reliably bring up the Launcher and execute the home folder in Nautilus or the Trash bin.

For me, it takes a conscious effort to avoid this and even then, it still happens 90% of the time.

This occurs because mousing over Back or Close Find takes a fair amount of deceleration in an area where the outer limits of the button meet the screen edge where mousing over would bring up the Launcher.

Of course, this can be avoided by using the keyboard (Alt+Left, Ctrl+F and then Esc, etc), but it's not a workable solution since it is not user apparent.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
Package: unity 3.8.12-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.39-0.5-genusername 2.6.39-rc5
Uname: Linux 2.6.39-0-generic i686
Architecture: i386
CompizPlugins: [core,bailer,detection,composite,opengl,decor,mousepoll,vpswitch,regex,animation,snap,expo,move,compiztoolbox,place,grid,imgpng,gnomecompat,wall,ezoom,workarounds,staticswitcher,resize,fade,unitymtgrabhandles,scale,session,unityshell]
Date: Wed May 4 02:35:21 2011
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Beta i386 (20110409)
SourcePackage: unity
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Eric Appleman (erappleman) wrote :
description: updated
Eric Appleman (erappleman) wrote :

I envision two solutions to this bug

1. Increasing the amount of time mousing over to bring up the Launcher by a few milliseconds across the board
2. Add an if statement to the Launcher code that prevents the Launcher from being invoked for a few extra milliseconds if a mouse-over event in an application has occurred within the past few milliseconds.

Changed in firefox (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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