Firefox URL Bar
poningru at ufl.edu
Sun Jan 8 00:06:18 GMT 2006
I am sorry but I have to disagree, simply because a majority is doing
something poorly, does not mean you change a good behavior. You change
the bad behavior. Granted this is what a pragmatist would do, I think
changing the GNOME behavior is the right thing to do.
Bart Vullings (OpsVentus) wrote:
> This could get annoying, but still I would like to give my point of
> view on this.
> 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 the basics)
> Bart Vullings.
> Ps: pasting an URL in the URL-bar is something I’ve personally NEVER
> seen a beginner do.
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