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Re: finger-pointer curser as default for mouse-face text

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: finger-pointer curser as default for mouse-face text
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2004 16:09:34 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/21.3.50 (gnu/linux)

address@hidden (Kim F. Storm) writes:

> "Drew Adams" <address@hidden> writes:
>> I see what you're saying. You've made it possible to follow links (and click
>> buttons) using mouse-1 (in addition to using mouse-2).
>> I really must not have made myself clear. RMS had the same misunderstanding
>> as you.
> Well, common user interface practice is that clicking mouse-1 on a
> link follows that link.
>> My point was not that using mouse-2 is not good. I think mouse-2 should
>> remain the way to click links and buttons in Emacs, don't you? 
> While I find this discussion of which pointer to use "amusing", IMO
> using mouse-2 is a serious flaw in the emacs user interface. 

In Gnus, I get buttons displayed like
[attachment image.jpg]

I can click with the middle button to execute a default operation.
What I do more frequently is click with the left button, then press a
key like "o" to indicate the action.  Most (but I don't think all)
actions can be selected with a context menu on the right mouse button,
but that also means that I have to use a mouse-based file dialog,
which is far more inconvenient.  It is also much faster for me to type
a single letter than to drag the mouse cursor to the right menu entry.

If clicking mouse-1 on the button would launch the default action,
this would be far more inconvenient for me.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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