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Re: [usability] mouse-1 for performing actions?

From: Robert J. Chassell
Subject: Re: [usability] mouse-1 for performing actions?
Date: Tue, 21 May 2002 15:58:20 +0000 (UTC)

Simon Josefsson <address@hidden> asked:

   Why does emacs use mouse-2 for activating hyperlinks, buttons etc?

Just now I clicked on a URL using my middle mouse button to activate
the Galeon Web browser.  The site did not appear.  So I marked a
portion of the URL, the site name, using the first mouse button, and
copied that name so I could run ping.  I could not do that if mouse-1
were to activate the browser.

    ... emacs is able to separate the two cases where mouse-1 is
    simply clicked and when it is used to mark text.

I do not understand:  I click mouse-1 to mark the beginning of a
region, move the mouse cursor, and then click mouse-3 to mark the end
of the region.  If the two commands are on the same button, and used
in the same context, how can Emacs distinguish between a click to mark
the beginning of a region and a click to follow a hyperlink?

    Proposal: Make mouse-1 do the same as mouse-2 in Info (section links),

When telling people where to find documentation, I often copy Info
links.  I write text such as, `go to File: emacs,  Node: Mouse Commands'

Incidentally, you cannot copy Info links in a plain vanilla Emacs 21
any more.  The new default makes the links be a part of Emacs that you
cannot copy.  For me this is a mistake, and I always set the value of
`Info-use-header-line' to nil so I can copy the links.  

It looks to me that the proposal, if adopted, would be like this new
default; it would make it harder to copy text, which is to say, the
proposal would lead to more typing, when copying would be easier,
quicker, and more accurate.

    Robert J. Chassell                  address@hidden
    Rattlesnake Enterprises             http://www.rattlesnake.com

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