Re: DragNDrop to an unopened folder (without springs) and a nice accessibility side-effect

On Apr 4, 2005 4:11 AM, Ryan McDougall <NQG24419 nifty com> wrote:
> problem:
> It is natural to grab something before you know exactly where to put it,
> since you can do it in real life,

Unless it needs all your hands and the place you are putting it needs
at least one hand to be accessible. On computer, this is often the
case; you only have one "hand". The keyboard does not really count as
hand since it has no static representation on the screen (the keyboard
focus is not always apparent), and usually to get the same effect that
mouse has you need two hands on the keyboard (one for modifier key

> but stopping and restarting a DnD is a
> waste of time and error prone (accidentally moving your file if you just
> let go of the button).

I'm just glad the Esc key works as expected.
> When the user holds a DnD for a certain period of time, perhaps 3
> seconds, the drag object goes to a "Moving Clipboard" attached to the
> mouse but offset a little, and the pointer reverts to its normal usage.

This idea sounds nice. But the cancelling should be as easy as pie or
else this could turn into a major PITA. Also, I think it will prove
quite difficult to find the right time in which normal dnd is not
disturbed *and* the waiting period is kept lower than the perceived
time that the restarting takes. Even your example, three seconds,
could get frustrating. Waiting seems always longer than acting.

Kalle Vahlman, zuh iki fi

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