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Re: lynx-dev "sticky" things

From: Klaus Weide
Subject: Re: lynx-dev "sticky" things
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 1999 04:31:52 -0500 (CDT)

On Sat, 16 Oct 1999, Janina Sajka wrote:

> On Sat, 16 Oct 1999, Vlad Harchev wrote:
> > > On Sat, 16 Oct 1999 address@hidden wrote:
> > > 
> > > page to the last screenful of some Web page, it happens to have a text
> > > input field near the top.  Normally you'd press Left Arrow to go back
> > > and not even notice there was an input field.  (If you're in human
> > > "browsing mode", not in "I want to fill in forms" mode.)  Now (with the
> > > sticky-of-the-2nd-kind setting) the input field requires taking notice
> Hmmm. I guess this could describe one difference between a blind user and
> a sighted user. Seems the argument is that inattention is to get
> preferential treatment?

Well, it was not really about preferential treatment.  If the behavior
is configurable, and it seems it is going to get more configurable,
then different users can set up their own "preferential treatment".

> Most blind users I know would not jump to blaming
> the application in this kind of circumstance, but themselves for not
> paying attention, i.e., it happens all the time and one just copes.

If some lynx hacker changed the behavior in a way such that browsing
now requires more attention from them, I hope some of them would complain,
too.  They should.

> Now, how about putting a Ctrl-G with the left arrow? Then, in the text
> input field, you'd have multi-media to help you understand why you didn't
> hit the previous page. I know I would like:
>       a.)     The sticky behavior;
>       b.) To know why left-arrow didn't hit previous page quickly, i.e.
> by sound.

Is a statusline prompt worse than that for you?  I mean under the
assumption that you will be able to configure lynx to always produce
the prompt.

So far lynx itself has always been a quiet application - it never beeps.
And one kind of beep (what you call Ctrl-G) is the most that's available
in general (across all platforms and environments).  Do you really want
to use it up for this specific purpose?  Aren't there a hundred other
events equally worthy of a beep?


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