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Features: Scroll wheel/ball, right bar

From: Hans Aberg
Subject: Features: Scroll wheel/ball, right bar
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2005 18:33:38 +0100

At least the GNU Bison list is used for feature suggestions, so here for Emacs:

Under Mac OS X, I use a mouse with scroll wheel, and Apple now even has a mouse with a scroll ball, both which are used to scroll the frames within a window. When I now use emacs21, from Fink (under Mac OS 10.4.3), I feel somewhat hampered in not being able to do that. In the Mac OS X X11 X Window server, uxterm (and xterm), support scroll both in the frame and in the scroll-bar. In xman, scroll is supported only in the frame (not the scroll-bar). So it would be nice and help up user efficiency to have such a feature.

In addition, uxterm has a -rightbar, which puts the scroll-bar to the right, which I am Mac user is used to. Now, I think that might even have a -bothbar option, putting a scroll-bar both left and right, as there is a principle that efficiency in work is inversely proportional to the time it takes to move the pointer to the area of action. One could then choose the bar that is closest to the pointer.

  Hans Aberg

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