Re: right-click menu?

Subject: Re: right-click menu?
From: "Gerry Barnes-Hampton" <ghampton -at- fox -dot- uq -dot- net -dot- au>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2001 19:41:53 +1000


Ditto I am left-handed and had to think twice too. When I began a contract
which required a lot of the terminology I switched back to the normal mouse
clicks (still with my left hand ) because I couldn't think of an easy-to-use
generic term. That way my brain didn't have to keep translating what my
fingers were doing.

I'll be very interested to see if anyone comes up with an easy-to-espress,
generic term.

Good luck!

Geraldine Barnes-Hampton
Technical Writer, Explain IT
Brisbane, Australia
ghampton -at- uq -dot- net -dot- au

----- Original Message -----
From: Rock, Megan <Megan -dot- Rock -at- fanucrobotics -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Sent: Tuesday, January 09, 2001 6:32 AM
Subject: RE: right-click menu?

> I know that Microsoft's Manual of Style says to tell users to
> but I mouse with my left hand and have my mouse buttons reversed. I
> recently went through several tutorials in a manual that kept telling me
> right-click. I'll admit that even though I'm quite competent with a
> computer, I still had to think twice to figure out that for me,
> "right-clicking" really meant "left-clicking."
> Is anyone out there using neutral terms for instances like this? If so,
> what terms do you use? Or do you just assume your readers will figure it
> out? "If they're smart enough to figure out how to swap mouse buttons,
> must be smart enough to figure out which button to use for what regardless
> of what the manual says."
> ~Megan Rock
> Technical Writer
> FANUC Robotics North America, INC.
> Views presented and opinions held are not necessarily those of my friends,
> family, or employer.

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