RE: "Select" in lieu of other verbs

Subject: RE: "Select" in lieu of other verbs
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2009 14:57:55 -0500

Gene Kim-Eng let slip:
> BTW, this may be hopelessly out of date, but about
> 20 years ago I worked on a system where we decided
> to replace a light pen interface with a touchscreen
> (CRT, of course). We ended up using "press," after
> discovering that most people confronted with visual
> buttons on a monitor screen actually did *press*
> them as if they were physical buttons, and if they
> didn't get the expected response pressed the
> screen *harder* on repeat attempts.

I would have been one of those people.
And while pressing harder (especially with the memory of the previous
interface that always obligingly accepted the light-pen click for the
same actions) would have been heard to mutter something on the order of
"g--d--n f*****g piece of C--P!!!"

But that's because touch-screens in those days were not the exquisitely
precise and perfectly reliable pieces of workmanship that they are

Actually, I still encounter touch interfaces that incite pounding.

Mostly, it turns out that they are calibrated to accept a press by a
relatively flat finger-pad, and to all-but ignore a poke by a
perpendicularly applied fingertip... And then are mounted in such a way
as to actively discourage proper touching by anyone but a double-jointed
midget. (apologies to the little people in the crowd)

- Kevin


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"Select" in lieu of other verbs: From: Boudreaux, Madelyn (GE Healthcare, consultant)
Re: "Select" in lieu of other verbs: From: John Posada
RE: "Select" in lieu of other verbs: From: Dan Goldstein
Re: "Select" in lieu of other verbs: From: John Posada
RE: "Select" in lieu of other verbs: From: Dan Goldstein
Re: "Select" in lieu of other verbs: From: Gene Kim-Eng

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