Re: UI issue: Text edit mode

On 8/17/07, Lars Clausen <lars raeder dk> wrote:

I'm thinking this will be confusing, given the number of other things
that are being done using the mouse: Selecting, moving, resizing,
connecting, opening properties.

I don't see why that will confuse the user. We do a lot of things with
the mouse anyway ... This particular action of clicking the text a
second time is more or less ingrained into a typical WIMP user's mind.

Having a menu entry is a good idea, though I think F2 is not the right
thing for it -- editing text is not the same as renaming, and F2 is not
exactly "at hand", keyboard-wise.  I would prefer something that fits
better in a workflow, which is another reason I'd rather keep the mouse
out of it.

I see some text, I click on it ... and lo and behold! I can edit it! I
don't care whether its the name of a file or the contents of a text
box. Also it doesn't matter where F2 is ... people already have F2
associated with editing the text in a little box ... I for one,
pressed F2 the first time ever I tried to edit text in Dia. The
keyword here is "affordance".

Workflow you say? Then I would say put as many actions as possible on
the mouse. Its the one thing that the user handles /constantly/ when
using a graphical program! For small text boxes, the easiest thing in
the world is to point with the mouse in one hand and type using the
other hand.

Research Scholar, Department of CSE, IIT Bombay

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