launcher side pane opens too quickly

Bug #885628 reported by Reece H. Dunn on 2011-11-03
This bug affects 1 person
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unity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

When you move the mouse to the far left, the launcher side pane opens immediately. This causes issues when trying to activate a UI element in an application on the far left, e.g.:
  1/ the back button in firefox;
  2/ selecting some text or a hyperlink.

This would be miles better if there was a slight delay in opening the side pane.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
Package: unity 4.24.0-0ubuntu2b1
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
CheckboxSubmission: 5434425585a31b50d9fa7c3153a37fe1
CheckboxSystem: b845c366ea09c60efa3a45c1b5b21525
CompizPlugins: [core,bailer,detection,composite,opengl,compiztoolbox,decor,regex,snap,move,vpswitch,grid,mousepoll,gnomecompat,animation,place,imgpng,wall,expo,resize,unitymtgrabhandles,ezoom,workarounds,session,fade,scale,unityshell]
Date: Thu Nov 3 10:56:31 2011
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid Lynx" - Beta amd64 (20100318)
 PATH=(custom, no user)
SourcePackage: unity
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to oneiric on 2011-09-24 (39 days ago)

Reece H. Dunn (msclrhd-gmail) wrote :
tags: added: usability
Pako (elektrobank01) wrote :

@ Reece H. Dunn

"This would be miles better if there was a slight delay in opening the side pane"

If launcher delays, there will be 100 bugs reported immediately on "Why launcher delays?" So it's better option to somehow scale the window to the right when the launcher activates, or move the "critical" buttons to the right where icons ends.

Reece H. Dunn (msclrhd-gmail) wrote :

I'm not talking about large delays -- something like a 50ms or 100ms delay would work, maybe even 25ms. Just enough so that it is long enough to prevent the launcher opening when the mouse briefly touches the left-hand edge.

Having the window scale to the right would be worse in my opinion, as (a) the window content would be needlessly resized (potentially causing the content to reflow as the area shrinks/expands) and (b) you would play a game of "chase the UI element" as the thing you are trying to select moves to the right then back to the left (e.g. imagine trying to select some text on the very left hand edge of the window).

Pako (elektrobank01) wrote :

I thought some type of "shrink effect" like in Firefox when you open tabs one after another

Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
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