Cursor conventions spec

Fredrik Höglund fredrik at
Thu Oct 23 01:15:08 EEST 2003

On Monday 20 October 2003 18:07, Calum Benson wrote:
> On Fri, 2003-10-17 at 19:39, Keith Packard wrote:
> > Yeah, I agree -- and having a translucent left pointer is my current
> > compromise :-).  But, I'm not sure the whole world will agree, so the
> > question remains that if applications do use reversed pointers, we need
> > to decide if those should be part of the standard set, and if so, what
> > the semantic name and description of them should be.
> I've certainly known left-handed people who say the 'reversed' pointer
> feels more natural than the regular one when they're manipulating it
> directly (by which I mean drawing directly on a screen, rather than
> using a mouse or a separate tablet)... so perhaps one day it might be
> more commonplace for it to be shown as the result of setting a global
> "pointer direction" preference, rather than as an app- or
> toolkit-specific modality indicator...?

I think it would have to be a system-wide setting, since seeing the
cursor change direction depending on which window you're holding it
over would be rather annoying.

But since everyone seems to agree that it is a useful cursor for left-
handed and RTL setups I guess we should keep it and change the
description to reflect that.


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