Re: Mouse scroll wheel/button and hand dexterity

On Mon, 2008-07-28 at 12:09 +0100, Steve Lee wrote:
> 2008/7/28 Rick Berger <rberger rogers com>:
> > Are there any utilities out there that let you control whether the
> > scroll wheel is going just act as a scroll wheel or just as a middle
> > mouse button? My dexterity is such that there are times I'm scroll
> > through a page in Firefox and find I'm way off in web space somewhere
> > else because I've accidental click the wheel.  Or likewise in most
> > application I can't click on something because I can't hold the scroll
> > wheel still and click it at the same time. A utility that lets you
> > toggle from the keyboard the meaning of the scroll wheel would great.
> hmm, the general mouse settings do indeed seem to be missing any
> options for middle wheel and button.
> I also seem to be a heavy scroller as  i often get an 'invalid URL'
> error when I'm scrolling with the wheel in FF.
> So I just looked in Firefox's about:config and setting
> middlemouse.contentLoadURL to false does the trick for me. There's
> also a middlemouse.openNewWindow but I'm not sure when that comes into
> effect.

I couldn't get back to this yesterday, but I would like to know if I'm
seeing a lack of a good tool/utility set for people with hand dexterity
issues? This scroll wheel problem is just one of many that users like me
face. Re-mapping the keyboard and mouse, keyboard/mouse audio feedback
control, keyboarding and mousing user performance tacking and analysis
for usability tuning, a general purpose typing accelerator/word
predictor, are just a few utilities beyond the current keyboard
accessibility features that need to be included into a common utility
set for the user. Some of these are somewhat available in different
parts of the system but it's a real job for a user to find them and work
with them, as well as learning to get an handle on ones own needs. 

Rick Berger

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