Window focus discipline

Serge Aleynikov <>
Thu Jul 3 21:55:30 CEST 2003


Wiger Ulf wrote:
> Finally, the list is back!  :-)
> 
> Having just fired up my old PC at home, I'm as usual extremely annoyed
> with the disgustingly undisciplined Windows programs, all trying to
> grab focus over and over while starting up. Needless to say, X-Windows
> environments are a lot more disciplined. Still (considering the apparent
> urge on this list to invent new graphics environments), I was wondering
> if the most well-behaved of windowing environments shouldn't actively
> monitor keyboard and mouse activity in the active window, and not 
> throw up a new window in front while the user is obviously doing
> stuff.
> 
> That is, if I start two applications, and one comes up and I start 
> using it right away, at least I would prefer it if the other application
> stay completely in the background, and don't steal focus from 
> the application I'm currently using. 
> 
> /Uffe

I think this behavior was implemented (or should I say "fixed" :-) ) in 
Windows XP (unless the application writer chooses a "stay-on-top" 
behavior that forces a splash screen or another window to move to the 
top of the Z-order window stack).

Serge




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