Workspaces - Applications can't switch focus to other workspaces

Reported by Jon Hanna on 2012-07-30
18
This bug affects 4 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ayatana Design
Low
John Lea
Unity
Low
Unassigned
unity (Ubuntu)
Low
Unassigned

Bug Description

1. Open Thunderbird.
2. Move to a different workspace
3. Open Firefox.
4. Click on "Mail", "Compose Mail" or "Contacts" in the message indicator.

Expected behaviour: Switches to workspace Thunderbird is in, and focuses on appropriate window there. Ideally with whatever animations etc. are set in Compiz for workspace changes (e.g. rotating the cube if using that).
Actual behaviour: New mail or Contacts window opened (if the option chosen) in the correct workspace. Icon in launcher dances jig.

5. Manually move to the workspace Thunderbird is in.
6. Click on a link in an email.

Expected behaviour: Opens link in Firefox tab, and switches to the workspace it is in.
Actual behaviour: New tab opens in Firefox, whose icon does it's "look at me" jig, but workspace remains. User may click link a few more times, if they don't spot the jig.

There's good reasons for restricting attention-grabbing from applications, and all the more so across workspaces, but when I've actively done something to bring about results in an application, I expect to see it. As is, the mail-related menu items in the message indicator in particular aren't very useful as the strength of their functionality is inversely proportional to whether you need them, or can just see your mail client anyway.

Tags: udp Edit Tag help
Bilal Akhtar (bilalakhtar) wrote :

Design team needs to decide when the workspace should change, and in which cases the icon should just wiggle.

Changed in unity:
status: New → Incomplete
tags: added: needs-design
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
John Lea (johnlea) on 2012-08-02
Changed in ayatana-design:
assignee: nobody → John Lea (johnlea)
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Triaged
Changed in unity:
status: Incomplete → Triaged
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Triaged
tags: added: udp
removed: needs-design
Changed in unity:
importance: Undecided → Low
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
John Lea (johnlea) on 2012-09-19
Changed in ayatana-design:
status: Triaged → Fix Committed
John Lea (johnlea) on 2012-10-15
summary: - Applications can't switch focus to other workspaces
+ Workspaces - Applications can't switch focus to other workspaces
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