Re: GNOME user environment brainstorming
- From: John Kodis <kodis jagunet com>
- To: nautilus-list eazel com, gnome-love gnome org, gnome-2-0-list gnome org
- Cc: gnome-gui-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: GNOME user environment brainstorming
- Date: Sat, 26 May 2001 13:22:54 -0400
On Sat, May 26, 2001 at 09:18:55AM -0400, Kevin Vandersloot wrote:
> For Nautilus in single click mode you can hold down CTRL and select any
> number of icons with a button press.
I understand that MS and Mac desktops have a similar feature. To
select a set of 15 items, the user clicks to select the first item,
and then control-clicks to select the subsequent 14. So the only
difference between single and double click activations is whether the
first item is selected using click, or control-click. To my mind, the
"click to activate, control-click to select" approach seems more
consistant and easier to use for the common case of object activation.
> So single-click mode is not really a problem for me, but I do agree
> that double-click is the better default for inexperienced users.
Yes, as John Sullivan has pointed out, Eazel has done actual user
testing that shows that double-click activation is easier for people
who are new to Gnome to use, and so would be the correct default,
especially for novice users. I suspect though that they find the
double-click activation more natural because it's what they are used
to on MS and Mac platforms, rather than due to any innate superiority.
I think that there's room for improvement here, at least for people
willing to try something different than what MS provides. Something
like what was described for Acorn-OS seems like a good start: clicking
with mouse button 1 activates, clicking with mouse button 2 selects,
and clicking with mouse button 3 brings up a menu of preferences or
This could be used to provide a set of actions that would be similar
under a wide range of situations. For example:
- On a desktop icon:
. Button1 activates the program or document;
. Button2 toggles between selecting and deselecting the icon;
. Button3 activates an object settings or preferences menu.
- On a menu item:
. Button1 activates the program or submenu;
. Button2 toggles between selecting and deselecting the menu item,
allowing one or more menu items to be copied to the desktop or to
the favorites menu;
. Button3 activates an object settings or preferences menu for the
program or menu item.
- On a hyperlink or underlined URL in a terminal:
. Button1 activates the link as usual;
. Button2 selects or deselects the link, so the URL can be copied
into a document or placed on the desktop;
. Button3 brings up a menu of things that you might want to do
with a web page -- edit it, render it, print it, mail it to a
friend, or whatever.
This pattern is easy to use, easy to learn, and easy to extrapolate
into new usages. It also avoids the RSI-inducing need to double click
to perform the most common action of activating a desktop object.
-- John Kodis.
PS: Since this thread seems to have evolved into a usability issue,
I'd recommend following up to gnome-gui-list gnome org to minimise
] [Thread Prev