In article <310520101651093201%nospam@nospam.invalid>, nospam
<nospam@nospam.invalid> wrote:

> In article <j9h806psss6da5ltdgu40r4v8g309e1rm6@4ax.com>, Jeff
> Liebermann <jeffl@cruzio.com> wrote:
>
> > >multiple buttons have been supported by mac os since the early 1990s,
> > >and contextual menus since the late 1980s. with usb, it's a non-issue.

> >
> > Ok, so why duz Apple continue to ship one button mice and laptops with
> > one button touchpads?

>
> they ship multi-button mice and trackpads, although they can be
> considered zero button. :)
>
> the mighty mouse (now called apple mouse) has four buttons and the
> magic mouse has two and a touchpad with gestures. the laptop trackpads
> are multitouch and you can set up an area for secondary click, or just
> use the control key with *any* mouse (and that goes back for over a
> decade, maybe even two). some apps used to use the command key to get a
> contextual menu, long, long ago.
>
> > Here's one theory:
> >
> >

<http://www.gearlive.com/index.php/ne...-one-buttoned-
> > mouse-01280820/>
> >
> > I've lost count of how many times some great idea gets shot down by
> > "The users don't need that feature. It will only confuse them". Of
> > course there's no consideration to the discovery that they're already
> > confused.

>
> most people (not geeks) find multi-button mice confusing. even when
> multi-button mice were available in the 90s, few people bothered.
>
> plus, how many buttons are best? some like two, some want a wheel and
> others hate the wheel. some want 4-5 buttons or even more. apple ships
> a functional mouse and the user can decide to replace it if they want.
>
> mac os has always been designed around one button. there is no need for
> a second (or third) button as there is with other operating systems.
> it's a convenience (sometimes).


Not only that, but the multi-button mice can be {beep}ingly annoying. The
first thing I do when setting up any new Mac is turn off the extra
buttons. Personally I find the "squeeze" button of the Mighty Mouse
especially annoying, continually "going off" when I don't want it to just
because I'm moviing the mouse around.