[Design] Microsoft's Grand Central e-mail interface
silver3 at gosympatico.ca
Sat Jan 3 00:23:53 PST 2004
I never realized right clicking was a convention to open a new Window. I guess I've been a Mac user too long. :^) In case you havn't seen Mac mice, most don't have any buttons but instead the whole mouse is pushed down for clicking. It felt weird at first but I actually prefer it now.
Usually when I double click on an email in the email list frame of Netscape, it opens a new window to display the text of the email. On the other hand, if I single click it, then it just displays the text in the bottom right frame of the original email interface if this frame is not collapsed. In my computer, this frame is always collapsed as I prefer to have a big list view to avoid scrolling.
I kind of prefer double clicking since it's faster rather than having to right click and then select from a contextual menu. On most Mac mice the right click has to be done by pressing Control key and then clicking the mouse.
> Double-clicking a tab seems less consistent with other practice than might a right-click access. That is how most apps of which I'm familiar already allow opening a new window. This sort of consistency simply makes learning easier--and double-clicking presumably wouldn't be apparent unless/until someone actually did it.
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