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Re: Mouse Gestures - Linux (Was: Opera experience - update)

On Mon, 7 Nov 2005, Roy Schestowitz wrote:

> __/ [Els] on Sunday 06 November 2005 13:46 \__
> > I tend to use the mouse as little as possible, but with Opera I find I
> > need to use it quite often, because I need to click on the browser
> > before it will respond to any key strokes. I hate that, but so far I
> > haven't found a non-mouse solution to it.
> The reason for needing a mouse is usually focus. There are all kinds of
> workarounds for using, let us say, Windows without a mouse. To get to the
> taskbar, for example (if I recall correctly) you need to press the Windows
> logo, then ESC, then hit TAB twice.

Speaking of focus, does anyone else hate AltaVista's Image Search habit
of using "onload" to move focus to their search field?

I get one page of images, they take ages to load, I scroll down as the
thumbnails load in turn, and, just as I can see that the first page of
results probably doesn't have what I want and I am about to click on the
link to page 2 of the results, ZOOM goes the screen as it forcefully
scrolls to the top of the screen and puts the focus into the search bar.
Then I have to scroll down to the bottom of the page to the links to the
next pages of results again.

"I already entered a search term, you dummies.  Give me a chance to
look at what *this* search found before trying to force me to enter
another one."  (I swear, Yahoo! broke a lot of stuff when they bought and
took over AltaVista.)

Note to webmasters: This is one "feature" to *avoid* on web sites.

Norman De Forest        http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/~af380/Profile.html
"> Is there anything Spamazon DOESN'T sell?
 Clues. The market's too small to justify the effort."
      -- Stuart Lamble in the scary devil monastery, Fri, 13 May 2005

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