Three Monkeys, Three Typewriters, Two Days

March 23, 2008

Calling Mac hackers

For over 10 years now, I've had my window manager set up with the following keyboard+mouse combination shortcuts:

I've also had it set up with "sloppy focus": entering a window with the mouse focuses it, unless it's the root window. Exiting a window doesn't change the focus. So sort of like focus-follows-mouse, except without the "if you hover over the root window, nothing has focus" lossage. Oh, and no raise on focus.

It having been over 10 years, I find myself rather attached to all this, and would dearly like to be able to convince the OS X window manager to let me do something like this. Is there any sort of reasonably supported way to do it? I'm pretty willing to write code as needed, etc, but not if it'll get broken by the next minor OS update.... so binary-patching the window manager, say, is out of the question.

Posted by bzbarsky at March 23, 2008 10:35 PM