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Re: Binding a command to the down-event of a toolbar button

From: M Jared Finder
Subject: Re: Binding a command to the down-event of a toolbar button
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2006 19:12:51 -0800
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Richard Stallman wrote:
        >> Is such behavior normal in tool bars in other user interfaces?
        >> If not, I think we should not do it.

    Why not? It's often good to stick to "normal", "standard", or common UI
    features so that users know what to expect. But what's the harm in providing
    functionality where the common UIs have none?

You're missing the point.  You're proposing we implement the capacity
to provide a certain kind of GUI feature.  Before we do that, I want
to know whether users expect or want that kind of feature in GUIs.  If
they don't, let's save the trouble of writing and maintaining code to
implement it.

Yes, click and drag and mouse-2, mouse-3 are used in UIs. Firefox is a good example of different things that are done with this:
* mouse-3 brings up a context menu that is used for customization
* mouse-2 opens a page in a new tab
* click and drag is used to move toolbar items around when in "customize toolbar" mode.

In short, yes, it would be useful to distinguish between different button presses in toolbars (and in the menus as well).

  -- MJF

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