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[Bug 147230] Re: Changing workspaces via scrollwheel on desktop is problematic, especially when using touchpad
As pointed out by Lightbreeze, metacity does allow scrolling through the
workspaces with mousewheel over the panel applet. But, it is still a
bad idea, please don't follow metacity on that.
This is a fundamental usability problem:
1. It is fairly easy to accidentally scroll the mouse wheel, especially on a laptop.
2. If the effect is dramatic, the user will get confused and annoyed.
The unexpected switching through multiple desktops is equally confusing
no matter where the mouse pointer happens to be located. Since the
desktop switcher applet occupies the edge pixels, it is in effect
infinitely large, and accidental scrolling through desktops happens
annoyingly often (for me at least).
This bug report has a lot in common with bug #39328, which is about
scrollwheeling through the window list. Technically they are separate
bugs, as they apply to different components, but they should be regarded
as instances of the same usability problem.
Changing workspaces via scrollwheel on desktop is problematic, especially when using touchpad
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