On Fri, 2007-08-10 at 12:55 -0800, Jeff Spaleta wrote: > Greyed out buttons are inactive buttons, greyed out menu entries are > inactive menu entries. I don't think its a stretch to take that to a > window as a whole and if anything its the most consistent behavior for > a window you cannot interact with. You're equivocating. Disabling a widget because it makes no sense in the current state of the application is something completely different from an application that just happens to be busy. Ever tried using yumex with compiz? It ends up going grey, usually because I *told* it to do something, and it is *already* indicating its busyness with a progress meter. As someone else mentioned, just because the app is busy doesn't mean its not still displaying valid information I'm trying to read. The grey thing is simply way too distracting and alarming. It calls attention to the window, when the reality is, I told the app to do something, and I don't *care* about the application until its done with its task. There is nothing happening that needs this much attention drawn to it. The first time I ever experienced the window greying, my first thought was "Oh my god something's gone horribly wrong!". And I'm not even Aunt Tillie. Its an alarming indicator, when there's nothing alarming to indicate. Whatever happened to just switching to a busy pointer shape? THAT would be consistent with decades old standards of GUI behavior.
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