Re: Mouse-button names for southpaws

Subject: Re: Mouse-button names for southpaws
From: Jim Grey <jimgrey -at- IQUEST -dot- NET>
Date: Fri, 3 May 1996 09:56:00 EST

Carol Atack <carol -at- ANT -dot- CO -dot- UK> weighed in with her mouse button name choices:
>On Acorn computer systems (RISC computers used in English schools) the
>three mouse buttons have the names:

> Select, Menu, Adjust

>If people reconfigure the buttons to be the other way round, the names are
>the same because they are functional names not positions.

Unfortunately, users have to know button positions to click the correct
button. I find it no help at all when a manual says, "Click the Select mouse
button on the Blah icon," when I don't know which button is Select. As an
experienced computer user, I'd play with my system until I figured out which
button was which. But novice users are unlikely to do so.

I used to document UNIX/Mosaic/X software, which used a similar set of
mouse-button names. A workstation's mouse could be configured so that the
three functions could be assigned to the three (or even two, on some
workstations!) buttons in any combination. So I couldn't even tell the user
which button was *likely* to be assigned to which function.


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