The real Challenge for every development platform

Marty Billingsley marty at
Sun Jan 23 12:26:15 EST 2005

> Judy Perry <jperryl at> writes:
> Another newbie issue -- the cursor.  Those two selection cursors simply
> look waayyy too similar, the operative distinction between the two is not
> visually intuitive, and, as someone here noted, you often have to look
> long and hard to see which one you're using at any given time (leading to
> the sort of modal errors that could entirely frustrate if not directly
> turn away a newcomer).

Can anyone explain *why* Rev decided to have the edit cursor and the
run cursor look the same?  It makes it extremely difficult for my
students to keep in mind which mode they are in (develop vs. test).

It's also *really* confusing for them when some messages are passed to
controls in edit mode and some are not.  For example, mouseUp isn't
passed to a button when you click on it in edit mode, but mouseEnter is
passed to the button when you mouse over it.  Very confusing.
Anyone got a clear explanation why this is desirable?  (I've been
telling my students that it's a bug in the way the software is written,
but perhaps it's really a feature....)

  - marty

Marty Billingsley
The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

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