- Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2019 11:30:33 -0700
- From: Paul Davis <paul@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re:
On Wed, Feb 20, 2019 at 11:10 AM Igor Korot <ikorot01@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Wed, Feb 20, 2019 at 12:03 PM Paul Davis <paul@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 20, 2019 at 10:49 AM Igor Korot via gtk-list <gtk-list@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Why do we even talking about button number, when the doc explicitly said
>> "right-click", which implies "right mouse button".
> X Window (at the very least) allows buttons to be remapped. Button #1 is typically the left mouse button, but a user may remap them (eg. left-handed people with a strong preference for using the mouse in their left hand). "left" and "right" buttons normally have a semantic meaning (e.g. "the button normally used for clicking on things" vs "the button used for context menus etc.") and you cannot hard code these on X Window. More precisely, if you do hard code them, you disenfranchise a set of users who remap their mouse buttons.
Are you saying that if I map the left mouse button to be the right one
and click on it, I will not get that signal?
As far as the user code is concerned, the button I press to get the
context menu shouldn't matter, because this a low-level signal.
All the user code should be aware is - did I click the action button
or context menu one. Why do I need to care which is which?
Could you give me a scenario?
hold the mouse in your right hand. put your index finger on the most naturally positioned button. press it.
by default, X Window will generate a mouse button event using button number one.
now put the mouse in your left hand, put that index finger on the most naturally positioned button, press it.
by default, X Window will generate a mouse button event using button number three.
programmers don't want to deal with this in their code, so they generally assume that button #1 is "left button" and button #3 is "right button".
but what they really mean is "button used for most button clicks" and "button used for context clicks"
a dedicated left-handed user may remap this so that their left index finger correctly generates button 1 - the button used for most clicks.
your code can assume that 1 => most clicks; 3 => context click
it cannot assume that 1 => left ; 3 => right
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