[PATCH] Disable Klipper Actions by Default

Matthias Welwarsky matze at stud.fbi.fh-darmstadt.de
Mon Aug 19 11:40:59 BST 2002

On Monday 19 August 2002 05:18, Cristian Tibirna wrote:
> Klipper actions are one of those great things that the user wants to have
> if he'd know they're available. If it's disabled by default, new users
> never will find about it. Chances are in this case they would even banish
> klipper completely, which I'd see as a severe step back in KDE's usability.

You assume this, but obviously many (if not most) users are just annoyed by 
things popping up, distracting them. (Click, Click, mhm, what was that 
again?) Guess why Binky the Paperclip was such a great success on Windows ;) 
And his sole purpose was to give clever tips and inform users about all the 
great new features they'd never find without help.

> If the attention stealing is a problem, then rather make klipper less
> intrusive. E.g., instead of popping the menu, making the icon red and then
> LMB click on the icon would launch the "default" (or first in the list)
> action of the current menu, while the MMB click would pop the current menu.
> The red icon would come back to normal after a reasonable delay (say 10
> seconds).

Well, this is very likely to confuse people even more. They won't be able to 
relate the "red thingy there" with having selected something in a window, and 
so they will be extremely confused if they click at it sometime later and 
konqueror pops up. Especially if the "red thingy" appears 10 seconds after 
they selected something - that'd be far to long.

Sad to admit, but the least intrusive way is IEs' turning normal text into a 
hyperlink when a webpage is viewed.

I'd vote for disabling klipper actions, too, people are used to 
"select/Ctrl+C/focus on browser/Ctrl+V", so just make that work as they 
expect it.

Matthias Welwarsky
Fachschaft Informatik FH Darmstadt
Email: matze at stud.fbi.fh-darmstadt.de

"all software sucks equally, but some software is more equal"
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