File drop popup menu removal

Clarence Dang dang at
Wed Sep 8 14:07:37 BST 2004

On Wed, 8 Sep 2004 01:41 am, Gary L. Greene, Jr. wrote:
> On Tuesday 07 September 2004 08:00 am, Clarence Dang wrote:
> > On Tue, 7 Sep 2004 07:21 pm, David Faure wrote:
> > > On Monday 06 September 2004 20:19, Ishai Asa wrote:
> > > > Thank you all for your comments. I will try to answer all in this
> > > > message.
> > > >
> > > > At the end of the day the previous method in which the popup showed
> > > > is just plain wrong, because:
> > > >
> > > > 1. It IS a violation of any drag-and-drop application. Read the name:
> > > > it is "drag and drop" not "drap, drop and popup".
> > >
> > > Tried DnD with the RMB on windows?
> >
> > How about an option for the Windows behaviour i.e. LMB guesses what to do
> > (else takes into account keyboard modifiers) and RMB pops up that
> > annoying:) menu?
> Please, no. The "do a task different with a different mouse button"
> confuses the hell out of end-users that I've lab assisted for. Having two
> behaviors for essentially the same action is silly, especially since it
> isn't apparent for discoverability. Besides, when most folks DnD a file,
> they are dragging with the left mouse button, not the right. Thus reverting
> the user back to the Windows way of doing it, which IMO is flawed.

But it's already similar to e.g. left clicking on a file in Konqueror opens 
it, while right clicking gives additional options.

In Windows, I know left dragging the file on the same filesystem moves; 
dragging the file to another filesystem (e.g. floppy) copies.  I don't get a 
popup slowing me down.

When I'm not sure (e.g. if it's late and I can't figure out which filesystem 
is which :) or to create a shortcut), I right drag to get that popup.

Whether or not this is completely flawed like the QWERTY layout I can't 
competently debate but the most important thing is that at least some people 
are used to it.

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