Click twice

Subject: Click twice
From: Iain Harrison <iharrison -at- SCT -dot- CO -dot- UK>
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 1997 09:37:17 GMT

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

This seems like a bad move to me. There is a clear distinction between
'click twice' and 'double-click'. For example, in Word, if you want to
select a whole word, you double-click it. Double-click again and the
whole sentence is selected. If you want to drop and drop text
somewhere else select it, then click it again to pick it up to move.
That's what I'd think of if told 'click twice'

In CorelDraw, you click an object to select it. If you want to move
it, you click twice then drag it. On the other hand, if you
double-click it, you get the rotate/twist controls.

I think that if you can get new users to be happy with the idea of
using a mouse and the whole concept of clicking, the small step on to
using the industry-standard terminology (which they WILL come across
in future) is a far smaller hurdle.

Iain Harrison
iharrison -at- sct -dot- co -dot- uk

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