[OT] Pigs Fly
Peter T. Evensen
pevensen at siboneylg.com
Wed Aug 3 11:56:44 CDT 2005
A number of times I have been called on to help "novice" computer users
with problems on their PCs. When I ask them to right click on something,
they invariable had never used the right mouse button. From then on, every
time I ask them to click on something, they ask "right or left
button?" There is a lot to be said for simplicity. Apple did a lot of
user testing to determine a one-button mouse is less confusing, but as
Richard points out, computer novices are becoming more and more extinct...
At 07:17 PM 8/2/2005, you wrote:
>Judy Perry wrote:
>>Whew! I'm feeling better already.
>>I'm in agreement with Raskin on the uni-button mouse being preferrable for
>Three factors come into play, with error-reduction being one of them. The
>other is productivity, and a third being learnability.
>I have no doubt Raskin got it right with error-reduction, and of course a
>single-button mouse will score higher on learnability by virtue of having
>less to learn.
>But the question manufacturers face in the 21st century is:
> "Does our audience today have enough experience with
> mice to use a multi-button mouse more productively
> than a single-button mouse?"
>Apple seems to have answered that question well.
>The single-button mouse was revolutionary for adoption of modern GUIs --
>thank you Mr. Engelbart.
>But the majority of today's computer purchasers have previous experience
>with computing, are quite comfortable with mice, and can take advantage of
>the productivity gains of multi-button mice with far less trouble than
> Richard Gaskin
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