[GNC-dev] Mouse usage in Gnucash

Adrien Monteleone adrien.monteleone at lusfiber.net
Fri Oct 11 20:53:31 EDT 2019

I would expect that the language of ‘primary’ and ’secondary’ click is the most versatile across platforms and preferences. It allows for OS discrepancies, accounts for touch vs. click mice, and allows for handidness considerations. Of course, people using accessibility interfaces might not literally ‘click or tap’ but the concept of selection is the same. If there is an ‘all-inclusive’ term, so be it, but I’m not personally aware of one. (and getting too general might even detract from the specific communication intended)

So far, my experience with touch devices has been that ’tap/click’=primary/left-click and ’two-finger-tap/click’=secondary/right-click but that could be a MacOS thing. However, I don’t experience anything different using the same hardware in VMs with Linux or Windows so maybe it gets translated properly by the VM software. I’ve yet to use the same touch hardware with either of those OS options natively.

Now, how do you intend to describe interacting with GnuCash via a VR/AR interface where you point out in the space around you? (just kidding of course...)


> On Oct 11, 2019 w41d284, at 6:35 PM, David Cousens <davidcousens at bigpond.com> wrote:
> Thanks John,
> I agree totally. I am trying to settle on something which might be
> intelligible or at least easily translatable to users on other OSs and
> devices. Frank raised the issue with me while reviewing changes to the help
> manual importing section. I tried what he suggested out but my view on the
> end result is that it ends up being unintelligible to everybody and I may
> yet revert it. 
> I am not too concerned about fairly experienced users (they will figure it
> out) but the novice who comes in without too much experience of other OSs
> and computers is the real target - the one who gets hung up if the
> description is not exactly the way the box in front of him operates. They
> are becoming rarer beasts these days once they have grandkids to educate
> them properly.
> I personally am happy with the left click/tap and right click/tap notation
> and then let users translate that as required for their specific
> equipment/OS as necessary. My son is a leftie and he has never really had a
> problem translating automatically from the RH world unless the devices were
> physically right handed. 
> The touchpads on my laptop and tablet with a touchscreen all respond to
> tap/s on either side of the touchpad or on the screen as expected so the
> click/tap may be the way to go. I don't use tablets too much so I'm not too
> au fait with the finer points of gestures in any case. I just blunder my way
> through.
> David

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