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

From: Karl Eichwalder
Subject: Re: [usability] mouse-1 for performing actions?
Date: Wed, 22 May 2002 03:09:19 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.090006 (Oort Gnus v0.06) Emacs/21.2.50 (i686-pc-linux-gnu)

"Robert J. Chassell" <address@hidden> writes:

> You must have been using poorly designed applications.

No, they are just different.

> The two button marking technique often makes it easier for people to
> mark a specified region than dragging.  (Sometimes dragging works OK
> -- it depends on the situation.)

In Gnus or Info buffers URLs or other highlighted elements are atoms
the user wants to activate with mouse-1.  If you are interested in a
part of a URL only, marked it as a whole, paste the whole thing in an
edit buffer and change it as wanted -- tedious, but tolerable since
this is an exection.

> We should never reduce the quality of the Emacs user interface just
> because other applications use worse interfaces.

For a casual user Emacs' mouse usage is clumsy (to put it mild); it
just does not fit in the desktop environment.

> (Besides improving the methods for copying, please ask these
> developers to implement incremental search, which is a highly
> comfortable and efficient way to navigate.)

Sure, but that's not the point.  Some of us want to use the mouse, but
the mouse has to DTRT.  Also default Emacs lacks the possibilty to drag
highlighted text to another location.

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