Ubuntu

Unity window buttons indicator violates Fitts's law

Reported by Dan Quade on 2011-10-15
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This bug affects 35 people
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Bug Description

The window buttons indicator violates Fitts's law (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fitts%27s_law) by not being clickable at the very edge of the upper (and left) screen edge.

This causes massive user discomfort and a decrease in productivity due to increased time consumption by aiming the buttons with the mouse cursor. For example the user needs to follow the mouse cursor with their eyes in order to be able to hit the close button, which is a waste of precious time. In operating systems such as MS Windows one can click the X button even with their eyes closed by sliding the mouse into the screen corner. In Unity this is impossible due to the Fitts's law violation, because the buttons are not clickable at the 1-pixel wide upper and left edges.

The solution is simple. Remove the unclickable edges and make it clickable everywhere.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
Package: unity-services 4.22.0-0ubuntu3
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.0.0-12.20-generic 3.0.4
Uname: Linux 3.0.0-12-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
ApportVersion: 1.23-0ubuntu3
Architecture: amd64
CompizPlugins: [core,bailer,detection,composite,opengl,compiztoolbox,decor,resize,snap,mousepoll,place,imgpng,vpswitch,gnomecompat,move,grid,regex,wall,session,animation,expo,unitymtgrabhandles,ezoom,workarounds,fade,scale,unityshell]
Date: Sat Oct 15 13:47:02 2011
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot" - Release amd64 (20111012)
ProcEnviron:
 PATH=(custom, no user)
 LANG=en_US.UTF-8
 SHELL=/bin/bash
SourcePackage: unity
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Dan Quade (danquade) wrote :
Dan Quade (danquade) wrote :
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

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

I definitely agree on this one !

This simple detail makes the global menu pointless !

Chris Bauer (cfbauer) wrote :

This is an extremely important usability issue and is hard to believe it has been ignored. +1

Christoph (wakiyasi) wrote :

Roll it back to 11.04 style asap, this is definitely affecting my productivity.
+1

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