On 11.06.2012 10:37, Stephan Aßmus wrote:
From your thoughts above I really don't see why you enabled the double arrows. Reference to BeOS alone is a good reason? I totally agree with others, I never use these buttons. If anything, they help explain what the scroll bar does.
Indeed. I have my own take on the issue, though:I think the buttons we have now are close to useless (they really only serve recognizing the scroll bar as scroll bar), and having double arrows at a one side only (the bottom/right) would make much more sense.
However, I also think that those buttons actually predate mouse wheel or two finger scrolling. And since even mainstream operating systems come to the conclusion that those buttons are not needed anymore (ie. even "dumb" users know a scroll bar), I wouldn't mind getting rid of them. Having the two buttons as an option wouldn't really hurt much, though I would prefer to not see this kind of setting in the default preferences applications. As so many other parts of the Appearance app, it's a perfect 3rd party opportunity IMO.
Anyway, I think humdinger's argument about the horizontal scroll bar is valid, too. What I would like to see is having our modifier keys alter the scrolling behaviour; we already have a key to speed up and lower the scrolling speed (at least in Tracker, but this kind of thing should be system wide), and we could easily use a modifier to switch axes.