Re: Windows '95

Subject: Re: Windows '95
From: Mary Deaton <Marymd -at- HALCYON -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Sep 1994 10:31:41 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
>techwriter -at- vnet -dot- ibm -dot- com
>techwriter -at- aol -dot- com 38-20! Yeah!
>74170,2462 -at- compuserve -dot- com Go Huskies!

You are right. It will be "click to..." Old habits die hard. I have watched
lots of new users struggle with double-clicking: going to slow, too fast.
It's us old timer who will have problems, I think.

And UCLA better watch its back, come Saturday.

Mary Deaton
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