https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=230910 ------- Comment #8 from email@example.com 2007-01-05 10:01 MST ------- (In reply to comment #7)
I am. But for my whole life action in computers meant pressing something. Now I have two areas which react on touch -- trackpoint and touchpad.
You have. But most laptops have only one of them. We cannot make the exceptional case the standard. You might want check if your laptop doesn't also hasn't an easy way to disable the touchpad. The button I mentioned on my Samsung X20 works out of the box with the standard Synaptics drivers: One press, and the touchpad is disabled. Your laptop might very well have something similar.
Do not expect that your "standard" is "standard" for everyone -- left mouse button can mean right mouse button for somebody else.
That's why we auto-detect that during installation. Ever clicked the right mouse button on a push button in the YaST2 installation? It will ask if you would like to change the mouse buttons to left-handed. That underlines my point even more: Provide maximum convenience during installation so the user can concentrate on the important things. So that he does not have to fight simple things like the mouse or the keyboard while he has to make important decisions.
It is installation, not using the installed system. a) you can operate perfectly without tapping, you still have mouse buttons (which you press, not touch).
I can operate perfectly completely without a mouse. You can do everything with the keyboard (in fact, this is a requirement for machines that don't have a mouse or if the mouse is not properly supported during installation). But that can not be an excuse to disable it. The same goes for tapping.
b) I really doubt that tapping is standard (how you can tell?)
Ever watched people using a laptop? Ever watched novice users? Tapping is the most natural thing to do. That's why the touchpads are so successful: Almost each recent laptop has one.
At least I would opt in case touchpad/trackpoint is detected to ask user to enable/disable tapping. Or warn the user that tapping is on -- similar to detecting caps lock on when entering the password.
That's a bit like that old (and worn out, agreed) joke about MS Windows where that popup dialog appears: "You just moved the mouse. The system must be rebooted." [OK] We are trying to REDUCE the number of questions and decisions. Every single one of them adds to the overall complexity. While somebody had had a good reason for introducing each one in the first place, it turns out that the good intention (if in doubt, better ask the user what to do) ultimately results in confusion. That is, if we even could find out whether or not a laptop has both a touchpad and a trackpoint -- which I really doubt. That kind of thing is usually handled in much deeper hardware layers.
Such warning is no harm of anyone just a precation for people who are suddenly are put in "hostile" environment (note that even it is my computer, installer does not use MY settings).
I beg to differ. Every warning sends off an alarm to the user. Every popup where the user has to make a decision is hostile in the first place. Only if we cannot make a reasonable decision at all, we ask. And even then we try very hard to make a reasonable proposal that the user can change if he doesn't like it. -- Configure bugmail: https://bugzilla.novell.com/userprefs.cgi?tab=email ------- You are receiving this mail because: ------- You are on the CC list for the bug, or are watching someone who is.