Windows '95

Subject: Windows '95
From: Chuck Martin <techwriter -at- VNET -dot- IBM -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 1994 15:17:20 PDT

Mary said that Microsoft manuals will likely say to double-click
objects. I talked to some of their reps at the recent Windows Solutions
show, and they said that their research showed that double-clicking
was not very intuitive, and that just about anything you'll be able
to do in Windows'95 (bad, bad choice of name, damn those marketing
people) you'll be able to do by single-clicking. They did add that
double-clicks will be available as streamlined paths to accomplishing

Now I "grew up" Gui-wise in the Windows 3.x environment, with a dab of
Mac and a smattering of X-Windows thrown in for good measure. Double-
seems to have a specific meaning i nthe GUI paradigm, that of starting
a program from an icon/object on a desktop or in a group/folder.
Is single-clicking that much more intuitive to perform this specific
task? I'd be interested in hearing what people have to say on this
usability issue.

Chuck Martin
Information Developer, IBM
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