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Give GNOME 3 time

Give GNOME 3 time

Posted Aug 15, 2012 12:51 UTC (Wed) by pboddie (guest, #50784)
In reply to: Give GNOME 3 time by boudewijn
Parent article: The GNOME project at 15

I was referring to the ability to just single-click on icons to open each resource, with clicking on metadata or dragging over icons to select them. Maybe that wasn't the default in KDE 1 or 2 or whenever I started to use it, but the time for RSI-inducing double-clicking should have ended a long time ago.


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Give GNOME 3 time

Posted Aug 15, 2012 23:25 UTC (Wed) by sorpigal (subscriber, #36106) [Link]

Aha! So you DO exist! I knew there must have been *someone* out there that liked the KDE default focus-select click-open behavior... it's the first thing that I turn off.

Nice to finally meet you.

Give GNOME 3 time

Posted Aug 16, 2012 8:07 UTC (Thu) by pboddie (guest, #50784) [Link]

I'm not sure what you mean by "focus-select", since I mentioned that I still click to select, but click-to-open has been around since kfm and KDE 1 if I remember correctly. And I can't believe that a substantial proportion of users switch this off. But at least you can do so: that was part of my point about the double-click insistence in some environments.

Give GNOME 3 time

Posted Aug 16, 2012 18:45 UTC (Thu) by jospoortvliet (subscriber, #33164) [Link]

Ow, I love it too. Esp on my laptops - with a touch pad, double clicking sucks.

The reason it is default was due to usability studies all saying single click is far easier for new users... Which is surely true, even after years and years behind both windows and Mac systems, my dad double-clicks menu items and forgets to double-click items in the file manager.

I'm surprised to this day that GNOME didn't pick up on this. The way it is solved in KDE is quite elegant imho - the selection marker is quite big with the large icons that are default.

Give GNOME 3 time

Posted Aug 16, 2012 20:00 UTC (Thu) by pboddie (guest, #50784) [Link]

There's another thing I discovered with touchpads: the tap-to-click, which I turned off wherever I could in order to avoid confusion about sudden, unanticipated click events. Once again, this had to be done in every desktop environment I evaluated in a range of different dialogues. Fortunately, the GNOME developers hadn't decided that tap-to-click was purely beneficial and not to be removed from the user experience, so for this I give them credit.

As far as selection markers are concerned, they should really appear as a pop-up that is offset (horizontally, most likely) from the icon/name combination in something like Dolphin, so as to avoid trespassing on the icon in a potentially non-obvious fashion for people who have to squint to see such things or who don't have normal colour vision.

Give GNOME 3 time

Posted Aug 18, 2012 11:09 UTC (Sat) by Jandar (subscriber, #85683) [Link]

"One click to activate action" is also known as "consistent behavior". How many times do you click on a link in an browser-window or a menu-item?

Give GNOME 3 time

Posted Sep 1, 2012 16:45 UTC (Sat) by rich0 (guest, #55509) [Link]

How often do you select a menu item or hyperlink without actually opening it?

The only time I use a file manager is to move files around in bulk but with somewhat careful selection. I'd be using the shell if I just wanted to manipulate a single file or something that I could use wildcards for.

So, having to figure out how to select files without opening them is incredibly frustrating in KDE. Fortunately somebody in this thread just referenced the config setting and I changed it. Finally, sanity prevails until somebody decides I don't know what I'm doing and removes the option...


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