Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Click-Through in Snow Leopard

Pierre Igot:

How is the user supposed to “know” and remember intuitively that click-through now only works in icon view mode and not in list view mode and column view mode? And how is the user supposed to “know” and remember intuitively that, even though click-through no longer works, “double-click-through” (to coin a phrase) still does?

Lukas Mathis:

I believe click-through in Mac OS X is fundamentally broken. It should be turned off for all interface elements, except for a few standard elements which always receive click-through and have hover states to clearly indicate that they are clickable.

Chris Clark:

I believe click-through should be disabled entirely.

Either would be fine with me. As Clark points out, you can hold down the Command key to indicate that you do want click-through.

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The most obviously useful application of click-through is the scroll wheel behaviour of background windows. It would have to be a special case where user input is allowed to be fed directly to the receiving window but only for content scrolling. Should an inactive window's scroll bars appear active when a scroll-enabled mouse (or other input device) hovers over?

That doesn’t seem necessary, just as controls don’t appear active when you hold down the Command key.

If I may mention my free Klicko utility here, which (among other things) turns off click-through?

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