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

From: Simon Josefsson
Subject: Re: [usability] mouse-1 for performing actions?
Date: Fri, 24 May 2002 20:14:22 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.090007 (Oort Gnus v0.07) Emacs/21.2.50 (i686-pc-linux-gnu)

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

> Simon Josefsson <address@hidden> wrote:
>     I don't have mouse-2 on my laptop.  I can use all GNOME & KDE
>     applications just fine, but Emacs is almost unusable until I plug
>     in an external mouse.
> I am very confused:  how can Emacs be `almost unusable' without an
> external mouse?  What I am trying to get at is, what user-model are
> you presuming? 

Ok, I'm probably not a typical Emacs user, since I use Gnus more than
the regular Emacs user.  And Gnus, like most interactive Emacs modes,
makes heavy use of buttons and hyperlinks where mouse-2 is quite
tricky to use.  Fortunately the keyboard work, but some operations is
alot faster when using the mouse.

> (You don't need a mouse for Emacs.  Indeed, about a half hour ago, I
> was connected, via an ssh hop to a machine and then from there via
> telnet, through a slow connection (perhaps 1200 baud; traceroute
> indicated some sort of trouble in Newark, NJ) to a third machine,
> using Emacs without a mouse.)

Congratulations. :-)   I would call such an environment unusable from a
usability point of view.

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