[ANN] new version of services available for preview
tim at rowledge.org
Fri Sep 30 18:58:11 UTC 2005
Please don't do this mangling of click behaviour. It can only confuse
most users, especially those of us with a long history. It will slow
down editing. It won't really speed up finding senders/implementors
since the time to ask for the list is small by comparison to the time
for the list to be built and presented.
How would it work with the other uses of d-click? i.e the d-click at
the beginning of the line/view/quote-delimited area/etc ? I think you
are inappropriately overloading a gesture so common it can only cause
Consider some alternatives -
a metakey with the click. shift is already used to extend the
selection though and the others are implicitly used for single button
triple-clicking. I've used systems with t-click and they tend to be a
pain; d-click is pretty much a trivial reflex finger action. t- or
quad- click requires you to count and slows you down.
hotkey. we already have them and they work quite well.
menu. slower but the action needs to be there for completeness.
toolbar button. reasonable - after a d-click one pretty much has to
have the mouse in-hand and so a small motion to a reasonably sized
button not too far away will take very little time and negligable
drag-to tool. slightly off the wall but consider being able to drag
the selection to a tool that will do the action. such a tool would be
a 'senders browser' and anytime you drop a selection on it it would
display the senders. It could be a stacking browser so that all/some/
many recent sets of senders would be available. Similar tools would
show implementors, references, class refs, variable usages,
commentary, spelling and thesaurus info, etc etc. Instead of adding
loads of function to a plain browser you just add the drag/drop and
then have new specialised browsers.
See? There's lots more exciting ways to improve code exploring than
ruining my editing experience.
tim Rowledge; tim at rowledge.org; http://www.rowledge.org/tim
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