Thoughts on mouse buttons
mdz at canonical.com
Sun Sep 19 05:07:57 UTC 2004
On Sun, Sep 19, 2004 at 01:51:47PM +0900, Jan Morén wrote:
> On lör, 2004-09-18 at 21:27 -0700, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> > I've thought about this myself. The middle mouse button isn't needed for
> > any critical actions in our desktop UI as far as I know, so even if the user
> > had a two-button mouse, they would be OK without emulation. If middle mouse
> > button actions are important to someone, they're likely to have a three
> > button mouse.
> Open link in a new window/tab. I use it constantly.
So do I. It's nothing that you can't accomplish without the middle mouse
button, however. Most inexperienced users I have observed do this with
menus (drop-down and context).
> > Of course, this is configurable, and it's only a matter of what to choose by
> > default. The question is, which is more common among (potential) users?
> > Games of this type, or two-button mice? And which group should have the
> > burden of changing the default?
> Many (most?) laptops have only two buttons. They are also becoming
> steadily more common as primary machines for people. And bringing along
> an external mouse is a surprisingly big hassle - and sometimes, such as
> during travel, not an option at all.
Good point; I'm spoiled by a laptop with a three-button pointing device. :-)
> >From my admittedly limited sample of distributions, it seems emulation
> is the norm.
> Actually, looking at the mouse configuration dialog, I am surprised that
> this option is not covered there. It probably should be.
This option is currently set in the X server configuration, and so is not
currently configurable on a per-user basis.
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