[duxhelp] Re: Cursor locator thingy

  • From: "Peter Sullivan" <peter@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2004 16:06:25 -0400

Susan,

When I added the caret locator, I intended to make the keystroke to invoke
it the same as what is used in MegaDots.  But memory served me poorly.  In
MegaDots, it is Escape.  In DBT, it is Shift.

- Peter 

-----Original Message-----
From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Susan
Sent: Thursday, July 22, 2004 3:44 PM
To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [duxhelp] Re: Cursor locator thingy



I like being able to immediately focus my attention to the cursor location
when changing views or translating. I especially find the cursor locator
very helpful on my notebook computer, where it's sometimes difficult to
locate the cursor in any software.

I noticed it when the feature was added back in pre-beta days ... I barely
notice it now, unless someone brings it to my attention.

If users are really really opposed to it, my suggestion would be to make it
only visible when pressing a key that isn't used actively ... maybe Esc.

Susan





Peter Sullivan wrote on 7/22/2004, 1:55 PM:

 > Lissa,
 >
 > I've a feeling many will be in your camp.  Some CNIBer's have already  >
told  > me so.
 >
 > - Peter
 >
 > -----Original Message-----
 > From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
 > [mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On  > Behalf Of Melissa Hirshson  >
Sent: Thursday, July 22, 2004 2:46 PM  > To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx  >
Subject: [duxhelp] Re: Cursor locator thingy  >  > Ah, so that's what it's
called. Thanks. I like cursor location thingy  > better. :)  >  > I'll be
curious to know what the response is.
 >
 > Lissa
 >
 > Peter Sullivan wrote:
 >
 > >Kevin,
 > >
 > >I hadn't really thought about duration; the short answer is that it  >
>depends on demand for it.
 > >
 > >Alternate caret locators isn't something I can get into at this point.
 > >This one is easy to draw; arrows wouldn't be.
 > >
 > >By the way, you can get the caret locator to draw itself anytime you  >
>like just by pushing and releasing shift.  I use this myself when I'm  >
>too slow to spot it the first time.
 > >
 > >- Peter
 > >
 > >-----Original Message-----
 > >From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
 > >[mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
 > >Sent: Thursday, July 22, 2004 2:17 PM  > >To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx  >
>Subject: [duxhelp] Re: Cursor locator thingy  > >  > >If you're going to
offer the ability to toggle it on and off, would it  > >be possible to allow
users to customize the duration of the thingy?  I  > >find myself unable to
find the cursor sometimes because it flashed too  > fast.
 > >Maybe I'm just too slow, but it would be nice to allow a longer flash,
> >or for those who want it but don't want to disable it, maybe a  >
>shorter/faster flash.
 > >
 > >On a semi-serious note, what about offering alternate "thingies" like  >
>Windows offers alternate mouse cursors.  I was thinking a bunch of big  >
>arrows pointing to the location from different angles/sides would be  >
great!
 > >I would personally have no trouble finding the cursor then (could one  >
>argue that it's an accessibility feature then for slow people like  >
myself?).
 > >
 > >Kevin--
 > >
 > >-----Original Message-----
 > >From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
 > >[mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
 > >On Behalf Of Peter Sullivan
 > >Sent: Thursday, July 22, 2004 12:15 PM  > >To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx  >
>Subject: [duxhelp] Re: Cursor locator thingy  > >  > >Lissa,  > >  > >There
is no way to deactivate it.  I'll sit back and see what kind of  > >beating
I take for that; we could add a way to do so, of course.
 > >
 > >- Peter
 > >
 > >-----Original Message-----
 > >From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
 > >[mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
 > >On
 > >Behalf Of Melissa Hirshson
 > >Sent: Thursday, July 22, 2004 12:54 PM  > >To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx  >
>Subject: [duxhelp] Cursor locator thingy  > >  > >Apologies if this has
been asked before...is there a way to deactivate  > >that cursor locator
thingy, the moving circle that pops up whenever you  > >switch views? I'm
not sure what you call it, and it's hard on the eyes  > >when I'm quickly
switching between views all the time. Thanks.
 > >
 > >Lissa
 > >
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