command-option-click edit

Michael J. Lew michaell at
Wed Feb 2 17:57:22 EST 2005

When we command-option-click on a control we can conveniently edit 
its script. However, if we are in browse mode then we also activate 
any mouseUp handler in the control. I think that is bad behaviour 
because I'm always intending to edit the script, not activate the 
control. I am a slow learner and make the mistake many times a day. 
I'm very tired of it. You might be too.

Are there any circumstances when you would WANT to activate the 
control with the click that opens the script editor in the IDE? There 
is certainly circumstances where it is annoying: if a button has a 
long-lasting script, or if the button initiates a series of message 
calls to part of its own script.

There are at least two bugzilla reports about this behaviour, but 
they are resolved as not a bug (1884) and as a duplicate (1966). I 
would be very pleased if Alex Tweedy would re-open BZ bug #1884, and 
if all of you would vote for it.

Michael J. Lew

Senior Lecturer
Department of Pharmacology
The University of Melbourne
Parkville 3010

Phone +613 8344 8304

New email address: michaell at

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