Re: Alt Mouse Modifier (Was: Adaptive mode)

Shaun McCance wrote:
On Tue, 2006-02-07 at 10:36 +1300, Matthew Paul Thomas wrote:
On 7 Feb, 2006, at 5:10 AM, karderio wrote:
On Tue, 2005-12-27 at 21:42 +0100, Reinout van Schouwen wrote:
If it is possible what you suggest, then that would make it easier to
"rubberband"-select items in the list view, like you can in the icon view. Dragging the mouse over columns other than icon/filename would not affect the item under the mouse cursor directly, but rather affect the selection.
"Rubberbanding" in the list view would be handy, how about activating
"rubberbanding" if the shift key is held down (presuming that key is not in use) ?
As you can see by trying it, Shift is already used for contiguous selection, Ctrl is used for non-contiguous selection, and Alt is (unfortunately) used to move the window. But a modifier key wouldn't be necessary if the behavior described above was implemented.

Just a me-too on how unfortunate the Alt modifier
thing for window moving is.  I know of at least
one major piece of third-party software that uses
Alt as a modifier for certain mouse operations,
and it's been doing so since long before Gnome
stole it for window movement.

I always switch it to Super, but I never use it.
There doesn't seem to be a "just turn this off,
please" check box.
I always switch to Super, too, and use it very frequently. And I, too, use Alt-clicking in some applications. The problem is that some keyboards have no Super, or its equivalent.

Concerning files selection and activating - personally, I think that activation by clicking on the name, and selection by clicking somewhere else would be quite convenient. Using another modifier to switch to selection pseudo-mode looks by no means obvious to an end user.

 Alexey "Ktirf" Rusakov

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