Re: Click Language

Subject: Re: Click Language
From: Beth Mazur <mazur -at- MAYA -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 10 Feb 1997 16:48:50 -0500

At 4:36 PM -0500 2/10/97, Amy Brown wrote:

>Many of my users are not computer or Windows-proficient. Hence, I
>substituted the phrase "click twice" for "double-click."

Hmm, if I type really fast, I can probably be the first of many responses
that point out that what your users take for "click twice" may not be
interpreted by the OS as a double-click. Usually the latter is defined
in the bowels of the OS as two clicks separated by some small number of

Meanwhile, your naive user may want to make sure they really click twice,
so they click once, pause, and then click again. Voila...two clicks instead
of a "real" double-click.

If it were me, I either would have pointed my users to the Windows tutorial
that explains mouse basics or given them a crash course in the stuff. I
don't see a lot of benefit of straying away from the industry standard
terms in this case.

Beth Mazur
mazur -at- maya -dot- com

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