[mythtv] PATCH: Don't hilight the selection in an inactive list

Ben Levitt levittben at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 23 20:18:54 EDT 2004

--- Bruce Markey <bjm at lvcm.com> wrote:
> Yes, anything could be changed in any way but you
> had
> indicated that the problem you wanted to resolve was
> that
> it didn't look good in visor. I think the solution
> to
> that problem would be to adjust the visor colors.
> Changing
> the behavior of the playbox is a different issue.

I guess the original problem was that it wasn't super
obvious which column had focus, yes.  However, after
changing things so that the right doesn't show a
selection if the left has focus, I now feel a little
uncomfortable performing actions on something that
doesn't look like it's selected.  So that's my new
problem.  :]

> But you do know in saying this that it is less
> convenient and
> not more convenient. So I don't think this makes
> things better.

True, right now we have the shortcut that lets you act
upon the first item in a list by acting upon the whole
list. So it's true that it's faster, but to me it
feels a little odd.  When I hit Enter on a Category, I
expect to end up inside it, not immediately playing
the first thing in it.  (Maybe I just want the default
action for items in the left column to be "Move

> One thing I've always thought is that when you enter
> the playbox,
> the focus should maybe initially be on the right. I
> often (and you
> may too ;-) click Watch Recording and mindlessly
> start pressing
> down only to find that I'm not going down the titles
> rather then
> the All list. I grumble then go back up, right, then
> down.

That's a good call.  That happens to me all the time.

> If the focus started on the right, the user would
> only need to
> press enter once to start playback. I wouldn't mind
> a change to
> Enter on the left as much then but I still think
> seeing descriptions
> while focus is left is a Good Thing.

With all this in mind, I think my ideal would be:

 - Start with focus in the right
 - When focus is in the left, make the default action
be "change focus to the right"
 - When we're focused on the left, the episode-title,
subtitle, and description should be greyed out to
match the episodes in the right-hand column

I certainly don't want to slow down the interface. 
But I feel like this might actually speed people up,
since it would be slightly easier to tell what's going


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