#50 Polite Pointer Patch

Program (79)
Nathan Gray

This is a simple little patch that has just one purpose: it causes
the mouse pointer to disappear when you type and reappear
when the mouse is moved or the window focus changes. I call it
the polite pointer patch because the pointer is now polite enough
to get out of your way while you work.

The patch itself is very short (about 100 lines including
whitespace, context, and installation instructions :-), and most
other editors/word processors have this feature, so I'd like to
submit this for consideration for integration with NEdit.



  • Nathan Gray

    Nathan Gray - 2002-04-03

    Version 1.0 of the Polite Pointer Patch (NEdit CVS)

  • Eddy De Greef

    Eddy De Greef - 2002-04-04

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    It looks good, but I can imagine that some people
    don't like it (I'm not too comfortable with it
    either, having to wave the mouse to find out were
    the pointer is).
    It's probably better to make this behaviour optional.
    It doesn't have to be a full blown preference;
    an X resource should be sufficient, IMO.

  • Nathan Gray

    Nathan Gray - 2002-04-06

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    Your wish is my command, edg. The resource is "nedit.hidePointer"
    and it defaults to True. (This behavior really is quite standard on most
    modern editors and even text entry widgets!)

  • Nathan Gray

    Nathan Gray - 2002-04-06

    Version 1.1 of the Polite Pointer Patch (NEdit CVS)

  • Nathan Gray

    Nathan Gray - 2002-05-03
    • assigned_to: nobody --> n8gray
    • status: open --> closed-accepted
  • Thorsten Haude

    Thorsten Haude - 2002-05-06

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    From what I see in the patch, I am supposed to change the setting of nedit.hidePointer in NEdit's rc file.
    AFAIK, this a first, all other settings are either set in ~/.Xdefaults or in the GUI.

  • Nathan Gray

    Nathan Gray - 2002-05-06

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    Nope, it's an normal resource from the .Xdefaults file. I called it
    nedit.hidePointer, but in the version that got merged into NEdit Steve
    LoBasso changed it to nedit.typingHidesPointer and made it default to
    false. :-( The patch is closed now, by the way.


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