Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Dec 2006 22:27 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces "If you pay close attention, you'll notice that most user interface actions tend to occur on the release, not on the press. When you click on a button, the action occurs when the mouse button is released. When you press the Windows key, the Start menu pops up when you release it. When you tap the Alt key, the menu becomes active when you release it (there are exceptions to this general principle, of course, typing being the most notable one). Why do most actions wait for the release?"
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RE: A few other exceptions
by Savior on Tue 19th Dec 2006 07:57 UTC in reply to "A few other exceptions"
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Some exceptions:
- Click in the menu bar: opens on press
- Click on a scroll bar arrow: scrolls on press
- Click on a scroll bar "empty" are: scrolls on press
- Click on any sort of slider control (volume and track position in iTunes, for instance): changes value on press

Good point; there are times when doing the action on press is more logical than doing it on release. Most of the time, however, the latter seems more natural.

- Middle click to close tabs in a browser: closes the tab on press

Actually, not. At least not in Firefox.

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