[Squeakland] Question about mouse on Windows

Bert Freudenberg bert at impara.de
Tue Oct 11 01:50:14 PDT 2005

Am 09.10.2005 um 18:31 schrieb Mark Engelberg:

> I'm about to teach my kids the "car curriculum".  We're running on
> Windows.  I notice that I have two options for making the "halo"
> appear for an object.
> Option 1:  Teach my kids to use Alt-click to make the halo appear.
> Option 2:  Select the "3-button mouse" option at the top of the
> plug-in the first time we load it up, and then just teach them to
> right click to make halos appear.
> Is one option preferable to the other?  I'm inclined to configure the
> system so that they can make halos appear by right-clicking, but I
> understand that essentially this option is swapping the functionality
> of the right button with the "center button" which we don't have.  So
> I worry that whatever functionality is mapped to the right button by
> default, will now require alt-clicking to do.  So what is mapped to
> the right button by default?  Is it commonly, or rarely used in the
> eToys environment?  Will I regret it if I swap the right button with
> the center button so the kids can more easily summon up halos?

I found that children often accidentally do a right-click. Bringing  
up the halo is a "meta" operation, so pressing Alt conveniently  
expresses that. So I'd suggest teaching them Alt-click. Also makes it  
far easier for them on other computers that were not specially prepared.

- Bert -

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