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Additionally, depending on the application, if there's large wads of text, many users double-click to highlight words as they read. http://www.quora.com/Why-do-some-people-like-to-randomly-highlight-text-while-reading-it-in-a-browser#
In our tests the number [that double click] tends to be around 10% of the test subjects, typically aged 50+. Furthermore, there appears to be a high correlation between the users who double-click and those who are generally “insecure” web users - source Double click is used to open documents and such from your desktop. The web handles single- and right ...
As close as a desktop application. Web Applications in general, and Cloud based document processing in particular try to mimic the behavior of desktop applications as much as possible. A right click on the marked text brings up the options menu, and double click typically opens the document in a document processor. Just the same behavior as a desktop ...
The mice that come with Macs today have effectively more than one button, a press on one side is considered the primary button and the other side the secondary button. The primary button is associated with selecting and dragging and activating (with double click), the secondary button usually pops up a context dependent menu. Earlier Macs had only one ...
Its because Apple explicitly mentions in its Human Interface Guidelines that all software providers should provide all functions available with a single click and they dont see any use case for providing a right click. That said it does support an option to have a secondary click as shown below which brings up the contextual menu Now coming to the reason ...
Low level visual cognition In addition to the various answers given, there is also sense in a tilted mouse pointer if one considers the visual processes in our brain. Visual information arriving from our eyes is first processed in the primary visual cortex by the V1 area, then by the V2 area. These two areas recognise low-level visual features (hue, ...
The hand cursor made one of its earliest appearances in Hypercard stacks. . Hypercard allowed hyperlinking between various pages within a document and this is where the use of the mouse cursor started.So, like a lot of things,so it perhaps it got picked up and carried along . With regards to its use in web design,perhaps the reason the hand icon was ...
MSDN states that the hand pointer is called the Link select and it is used for text and graphic links because of their weak affordance.
According to this article in wikipedia it was first used in HyperCard As to why it is used... well, why not? What could be more natural than the index finger to point at something?
A very similar behaviour happens on other systems, for instance, in Linux (most windows managers and aps), the mouse wheel will scroll whatever the pointer is on top of, so for a Linux user, that would something expected. In Windows, that is not what usually happen, so the user expects to move the active area, or the are/application/document he has ...
In case anyone wonders : some less known interfaces did use a straight arrow as pointed in Reddit
Take your right hand and point to your question. There, you see.
Also, there is another answer to this question. As a rule, the arrow mouse cursor must have one sharp tip (vertex) - because it is an arrow :) On the other hand, it is better for a mouse cursor to look good and slick. But drawing sharp tip on a rectangular pixel based display is very hard, especially without anti-aliasing. The 0 degrees (horizontal or ...
I've always thought that the arrow cursor is shaped similarly to your hand if you were point (naturally) at the screen with your (as typically dominant) right hand. I have no support of this other than my own subjective experience but it strikes me as a natural shape when trying to relate real world interaction into a low resolution computer screen where ...
In addition to Bart's answer, I'd like to add one more reason. The reason the arrow was tilted to the left was so that the click position was easier to calculate, because the origin of the cursor's bitmap was in the upper left. This saved the mouse tracking subroutine a calculation on every click (its not much but it helped on older machines). Source
This is the historical reason: (Concept drawing taken from document: VLSI-81-1_The_Optical_Mouse.pdf) The mouse, and therefore the mouse cursor, was invented by Douglas Engelbart, and was initially an arrow pointing up. When the XEROX PARC machine was built, the cursor changed into a tilted arrow. It was found that, given the low resolution of the ...
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