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Subject:Re: Of Mice and Buttons From:"Lori A. Moreland" <lamorela -at- CS -dot- HH -dot- AB -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 15 Jun 1994 08:45:42 -0400
Why not borrow the convention Interleaf and Sun use to describe their mouse
buttons? These buttons are described by function. On a three-button mouse the
left-most button is the "select" button; the middle the "menu" button; and the
right-most is the "execute" button.
The button designators are mapped at the beginning of the Interleaf tutorial and
in the manual. It was a bit awkward to learn at first (having used only one
button of a typical MicroSoft 2-button mouse before). After I learned these
designators, though, I found that I could marry the button position to their
Maybe, working with the application designer, you can come up with your own
convention that describes the function of each button. Then, present it once in
the manual, and refer to the buttons as such throughout the book.
lamorela -at- cs -dot- hh -dot- ab -dot- com
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