Jacqueline Landman Gay
jacque at hyperactivesw.com
Tue Feb 26 14:50:01 EST 2002
On Tuesday, February 26, 2002, at 03:18 AM, Ken Ray wrote:
>> It seems that a revolution listfield (with "autohilite" "listbehaviour"
>> "click to toggle" checkboxes all true) wants to scroll the hilited line
>> the vertical centre of the field, at all times, and of course that's
>> undesirable here, I want it to stay where it was when I clicked it,
>> I'm actually dragging and the field needs to scroll to bring other lines
>> into view, which is what I'm used to in HC, windowscript, and in fact all
>> other mac apps that let you 'peel off' a line from a scrolling field.
>> Sigh... if I anybody knows a way to subvert this "feature"...
> I'm glad you brought this up. I ran into the same behavior in attempting
> create a table object. I would sincerely recommend that Rev/MC change this
> "feature" so that it only scrolls if the hilite is at the bottom or top of
> the field.
The behavior is in the engine, and Scott Raney and I have had a couple of
conversations about it. I don't know of any other application on any
platform that pops a selected line to the middle the way MC/Rev does. It
is hugely disorienting to the user. The way the Control Browser in MC
bounces around has always made me crazy, and I talked Scott into changing
the script in the 2.4.2 browser to block the behavior -- but it still
remains in the engine and we have to work around it in our scripts.
I think the engine should eliminate the behavior entirely. Scott's
argument is that it is necessary in order for the Control Browser to
display the right line when a user clicks on an object in the stack window,
but I think that behavior could be easily controlled by a script rather
than by the engine. The disadvantages of auto-centering a selected line in
almost all user applications far outweigh the small advantages that occur
within the development environment.
Jacqueline Landman Gay | jacque at hyperactivesw.com
HyperActive Software | http://www.hyperactivesw.com
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