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Should double click be avoided in web applications?

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I find that double click is a great gesture that could be successfully used in graphical interfaces but for some reason has negative connotation on the web. Should it be avoided at all costs?

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I think it would be okay for certain uses, particularly if you're considering having an object draggable or highlightable on a single click, then on a double click it could be openned. However I would strongly avoid anchor tags being doubleclicked, or anything that only responds to a double click.

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Double click is best used as a "nice to have" feature where users do not have to rely on it to use the application.


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Should double click be avoided in web applications?

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I find that double click is a great gesture that could be successfully used in graphical interfaces but for some reason has negative connotation on the web. Should it be avoided at all costs?


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I think it would be okay for certain uses, particularly if you're considering having an object draggable or highlightable on a single click, then on a double click it could be openned. However I would strongly avoid anchor tags being doubleclicked, or anything that only responds to a double click.

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+1 I recently created an internal web app which uses this strategy. I would be very hesitant to make a public-facing website where double-clicks were required. - jessegavin May 23 '11 at 14:33

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