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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 17:21:13 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/21.3.50 (gnu/linux)

address@hidden (Kim F. Storm) writes:

> David Kastrup <address@hidden> writes:
>> 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.
> I see the problem.  Maybe mouse-2 could set the point ?

Basically you propose that we interchange button-1 and button-2 on
active text areas.  If I take packages like preview-latex, we can
click on formula images in it.  Mouse button 2 gets you the source
text, but you can also just mark it by dragging mouse-1, or by
clicking mouse-1 on the image, and mouse-3 behind it.

Your proposal would mean that I have to click mouse-2 and mouse-3
around the area for marking, or drag mouse-1.

> Anyways, nobody would force you to use the mouse-1-follows-link
> feature.

That's never a good argument.  If we want to introduce a new feature,
we want to make it as good as possible instead of claiming it is the
user's fault anyway if he chooses to activate it.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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