Many wikis offer a quick way to reach the edit form (either inline for a specific section, or on a separate page for the whole article): double-click on the page.
For me, this works really well.
When I read a wiki article and see something I like to fix, I just have to double-click at this very place to be able to edit it. If I would have to click at an Edit link, which might require scrolling first, I would skip many small edits I would have done otherwise. → Editing should be encouraged, so it should be as hassle-free as possible.
However, when I introduce other people to the wiki, I often observe that they have a problem: When they want to select some text on the page (e.g., for copy and paste), they accidentally reach the edit form because:
- they wanted to select a word by double-clicking.
- they wanted to select some text by single-clicking and dragging, but they were correcting the cursor position so fast that the wiki recognized it as double-click.
Apart from this, they all liked (and understood) the possibilty to double-click for editing, but it frustrates them when it happens accidentally. I’m sure regulars would get used to it (by changing their text selection habits for this wiki), but this is not ideal, of course.
What is a good way to quickly reach the edit form?
(The usual Edit link would stay, of course.)
(Note that this is intended for users with keyboard + mouse; solutions that also work for other users are very welcome, but not required.)