[Telepathy] discussion about empathy chat window

Will Thompson will.thompson at collabora.co.uk
Mon Jun 15 04:06:58 PDT 2009

Pierre-Luc Beaudoin wrote:
> On Sun, 2009-06-14 at 17:52 +0100, Jonny Lamb wrote:
>> I'm not fussed, but would still like a "naked" option to disable
>> showing these extra widgets. I like the current chat window design.
> That was to be expected :) Even the Send button is a plugin in Pidgin

For the record: Pidgin used to have a Send button you couldn't disable.
It turned out that lots of people thought you had to click it to send a
message, rather than being able to just hit Enter, which is why it was
removed (and later resurrected as a plug-in, primarily for those using
tablet PCs IIRC).

I don't know whether there was any non-anecdotal evidence about this,
but it matches my (anecdotal) experience of watching computer-shy people
use Firefox: they often painstakingly aim for and click the little green
  > icon in the address bar, rather than just hitting enter. I've even
seen people who know they can hit enter elsewhere in the browser do
this. But I imagine that Mozilla have done more extensive usability
testing about this and decided that people get confused if the icon
isn't there.


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