Originally Posted by ifail
Most personal preference would have 2 buttons over one. ...
You kinda missed my point a bit.Ireland
was saying that Apple's two button mice
should have two physical
buttons, that not enabling the second button by default was similarly wrong, and implying that this was all somehow due to just plain bloody-mindedness by Apple. That this setup had no purpose other than to be different or just to screw people around.
I was merely pointing out that Apple's decision in that regard (to not have two *physical* buttons on their two button mice
, and to not enable the second button by default), was actually based on a lot of research and had a factual basis.
It is without question that "beginner" computer users find a one button mouse easier to understand and use. Switchers and more advanced users like the second button (or third of fourth in some cases), but they tend to know where to look to enable the second button.
Apple's position is that the second button is "discoverable" by those that need it and it's hard to argue that it isn't. They could make it more obvious there is a second button by marking it on the mouse in some way, but then that would again confuse the beginner users who are the people you don't want to confuse and who generally prefer the single button. It's a very logical setup when you think of it. It's simple for the beginners, doesn't leave out anything for the advanced users, and is completely "discoverable."
Ireland (and people like them), that get upset over the lack of the second button are usually just those who didn't bother to look in the control panel, and didn't realise that all Mac mice are two button mice
Thus they feel dumb, and they lash out at others to cover up their feelings of inadequacy.