Firefox URL Bar
Bart Vullings (OpsVentus)
ubuntu at opsventus.com
Sat Jan 7 18:16:35 GMT 2006
This could get annoying, but still I would like to give my point of view
In my experience with explaining beginners to work with a computer, it
is always VERY helpful if an application does what the user expects, or
anticipates what the user wants to do and helps the user.
For Firefox to select the complete URL bar when the user does a
single-click in it, falls in the last category, Firefox anticipates that
the user properly wants to type a different URL and thus wants what's in
there to be remove. When this happens wile I'm explaining Firefox, I
don't have to explain how to select the entire bar, saves me
explanation. And that's why I think if users try it for there selves, it
will go automatically right and they think: "what a wonderful thing Linux"
But when they see this behavior in Firefox, they are going to expect
this in all other applications. When this doesn’t happen they get
confused. Because they don’t know why it happens. Is it only in Firefox
or are there other applications, or am I clicking in a different way,
what is different?
It is easier to explain/learn one(slightly more difficult) behavior then
it is to explain/learn two behaviors and when to use which.
Because of this problem I say, the URL bar should act exactly the same
as every other application/line edit.
And more; it is easy to select the entire text, with the manners all
already discussed here. People will easily find one of those themselves.
To finish it of, my opinion on short keys/cuts/clicks. Those are mend
for people who know how to work with to program and want to do something
faster. This is not for beginners. I’ve you want them to learn to use
Ubuntu, give them the easiest way which works in every situation.(even
if it’s not the one you like/is the fastest)
Because these users want to use the computer on there own and don’t care
if it takes them more time then you.(They can learn that after learning
Ps: pasting an URL in the URL-bar is something I’ve personally NEVER
seen a beginner do.
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