Typing should immediately search; focusing the search field is fiddly

Bug #727295 reported by Dylan McCall on 2011-03-01
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This bug affects 5 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ayatana Design
Undecided
Unassigned
Unity
Fix Released
Medium
Neil J. Patel
unity (Ubuntu)
Undecided
Unassigned

Bug Description

Binary package hint: unity

In Unity's various Places right now, the search field can be focused or unfocused. Using the scroll bar, for example, will unfocus it. To search again, one must click the search field. Just typing as if the field is focused yields nothing. As far as I can tell, there is no real benefit to this because the rest of the interface will only be expecting keys related to navigation; the search field is the only text input. The current behaviour just slows down interaction.

Instead, pressing any key on the keyboard that is not otherwise handled should cause the search field to be focused with the corresponding input handled. This is also consistent with the type-to-search behaviour in most Gtk tree views. (See Empathy IM for a particularly strong example).

Alex Launi (alexlauni) on 2011-03-03
Changed in unity:
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
tags: added: needs-design
Neil J. Patel (njpatel) wrote :

Nice catch, nux should not couple keyboard and mouse focus like it does.

Changed in ayatana-design:
status: New → Invalid
Changed in unity:
assignee: nobody → Neil J. Patel (njpatel)
importance: Undecided → Medium
milestone: none → 3.6.4
status: Incomplete → Triaged
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Triaged
Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2011-03-05
Changed in unity:
status: Triaged → Invalid
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Invalid
Didier Roche (didrocks) wrote :

@Neil: see my comment on bug https://bugs.launchpad.net/unity-place-applications/+bug/726711/comments/9. Maybe I should just ignore the invalid status if you are going to use it heavily for design guys…

Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Invalid → Triaged
Changed in unity:
status: Invalid → Triaged
Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2011-03-10
Changed in unity:
milestone: 3.6.4 → 3.6.6
Neil J. Patel (njpatel) on 2011-03-15
Changed in unity:
status: Triaged → Fix Committed
Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2011-03-16
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Fix Committed
Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2011-03-17
Changed in unity:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :
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This bug was fixed in the package unity - 3.6.6-0ubuntu1

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unity (3.6.6-0ubuntu1) natty; urgency=low

  * New upstream release:
    - drag and drop from dash to launcher issues (LP: #727675)
    - unity-panel-service crashed in g_type_class_meta_marshal (LP: #727788)
    - Dash: first-use text entry does not work until Alt-F2 version is used
      (LP: #735342)
    - compiz crashed with SIGSEGV in g_type_check_instance_is_a()
      (LP: #734721)
    - drag from dash to launcher (LP: #662616)
    - Dash - Create single widget for Dashboard (LP: #683729)
    - [FFe] Recently installed applications should be easy to run
      (LP: #670403)
    - Pressing Alt key does not underline mnemonics (LP: #689179)
    - indicator-appmenu breaks Alt accelerator keys (LP: #663030)
    - can't pin KTouch to the launcher (LP: #693755)
    - Unity paints multiple times with multi-screen (LP: #727116)
    - unitymtgrabhandles crashes when no key is set (LP: #727144)
    - SIGSEGV in PlaceEntryHome::SetSearch (LP: #731927)
    - [launcher] New Default favorites (LP: #714707)
    - Dash: Alt-F2 Pressing enter on the dash can start the first entry of the
      second group from the history (LP: #734738)
    - Dash: keyboard arrow navigation disappears off bottom (LP: #735347)
    - Increase the size of the top left Launcher reveal area from 1px to a 3px
      by 3px square (LP: #736034)
    - [dash] scrollbar's clickable zone should extend to the right border of
      the dash border (LP: #651398)
    - Launcher - Replace Dash lens Launcher icons with updated versions
      (LP: #676613)
    - NuxUtilAccessible requires to implement support to key event listeners
      (LP: #702672)
    - launcher icons dnd doesn't behave correctly when the dash is in use
      (LP: #708885)
    - Keyboard-navigation: highlight stays after losing focus (LP: #713632)
    - Implement AtkComponent for ATK objects in the panel service
      (LP: #715297)
    - Super shortcuts for application place and worskspace swither conflicts
      with compiz keys (LP: #723273)
    - Use DeeIndex instead of strcmp in PlaceEntryHome (LP: #724886)
    - [dash] text cursor not vertically centred in the entry (LP: #724927)
    - Moving cursor in dash text entry field causes cursor artifacts
      (LP: #725493)
    - Missing "children_changed" event emission from the atk support
      (LP: #727137)
    - Typing should immediately search; focusing the search field is fiddly
      (LP: #727295)
    - "Find Internet Apps", "Browse the Web", and "Check Mail" are scattered
      in default Dash (LP: #729009)
    - Press-holding on a icon in the Launcher should de-couple the icon and
      enable the user to reorder the icon vertically without leaving the
      Launcher. (LP: #727922)
    - "Shortcuts" heading in Dash seems pointless (LP: #729000)
    - intellihide is incompatible with totem fullscreen / Still some false
      positive on ws switch (LP: #730679)
    - Launcher - provide visual design for launcher keyboard navigation
      (LP: #702490)
    - Dash - Update the 'Shortcuts' dash home icon (LP: #689763)
    - The Unity panel service Does not connect to the
      INDICATOR_OBJECT...

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Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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