[haiku-bugs] Re: [Haiku] #6978: [WebPositive] middle click should open a new tab on mouse down

  • From: "diver" <trac@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 15:31:42 -0000

#6978: [WebPositive] middle click should open a new tab on mouse down
   Reporter:  diver                     |      Owner:  stippi
       Type:  bug                       |     Status:  new
   Priority:  normal                    |  Milestone:  R1
  Component:  Applications/WebPositive  |    Version:  R1/Development
 Resolution:                            |   Keywords:
 Blocked By:                            |   Blocking:
Has a Patch:  0                         |   Platform:  All

Comment (by diver):

 I've found a good explanation for this feature which pretty much sums up
 everything I wanted to say in the ticket description:

 "Most operations on the tab row in other browsers now respond to mouse
 down events rather than up events for perceived performance reasons. It's
 quite literally half a click faster to switch tabs or close a tab on down.

 Yes, it means you can't cancel a tab switch or tab close action once
 you've started.  This is a case of optimizing UI for the vastly more
 common operation (switch or close a tab) by removing the uncommon
 operation (abort a switch or close tab operation by moving the mouse away
 and releasing).  For some operations it's still appropriate to allow
 cancellation so the action is performanced on mouse up.

 Rigid decades-old "always respond to mouse up so the user can cancel the
 operation" rules aren't correct for all circumstances.

 To a lot of people, down feels "quicker" and "natural". I recall that
 Firefox used to switch tabs on mouseup and somewhere along the way (2.0 I
 think) they switched to mousedown as well."

Ticket URL: <http://dev.haiku-os.org/ticket/6978#comment:8>
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