The difference between clicking on the 'release' or the 'click'

in General Discussion edited January 2014
Hi all,

I have been wondering for a while. What is the general concept of clicking with a mouse on something?

1. Some things activate on the 'release' of the mouse button. For instance clicking on links in a browser, or (this is an old part of the list of annoyances to me) Photoshop polygon selecting tool activates on release, meaning that you cant make a fast selection because you have to hold the mouse still for every click you make.

2. Other things activate on the click it self. For example switching to a new tab or clicking a menu bar title or the 'start' button in windows.

What is the general concept behind this. Im pretty sure the photoshop thing has to be changed. Is it just random?
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